Jailed: Birmingham Airport baggage handler who raided passengers’ suitcases

Rajesh Taheem
Rajesh Taheem

A baggage handler from Birmingham airport has been jailed for plundering holidaymakers’ suitcases of iPads, Iphones and Macbooks over an 18 month period.

Rajesh Taheem, 45, used his position as a bag technician at Birmingham International to loot passengers’ luggage before it was loaded onto departing flights.

Birmingham Crown Court heard how travellers only knew they had been targeted when they arrived at their destinations to find their property missing.

Jailing Taheem, of Wolverhampton, for 20 months after he admitted nine charges of theft, Recorder Christopher Tickle told the family man: “You had a good job and a good salary, were a valued member of society.

“You had a particular degree of trust because you were looking after and handling luggage that could belong to anyone in this room, in this building, going through the airport.

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