JFK baggage handlers busted in $40K handbag heist when goods found on eBay

NEW YORK – Two Kennedy Airport baggage handlers are under arrest after police say they stole pricey handbags from a traveller’s luggage and put them up for sale on eBay.

Elepcia Barrientos and Lenny Hernandez were charged Thursday with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

Information on their lawyers wasn’t immediately available.

Port Authority Police say the Jamaica, Queens residents swiped the Chanel and Hermes bags in June from luggage that a woman arriving from London had reported missing.

Police say the pair delivered the luggage to the woman the next day, but got away with two handbags worth a combined value of $40,000.

Police say they closed in on the 39-year-old Barrientos and 42-year-old Hernandez after detectives found the handbags listed on the eBay auction website.

Detectives recovered the bags.


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