A French national was arrested Monday morning at LAX for stealing a woman's laptop from the TSA security checkpoint at United's Terminal 7, Los Angeles airport police Sgt. Karla Ortiz said.
The woman realized that her MacBook was gone and alerted authorities. Police then looked at closed circuit television footage and quickly realized what had happened, Ortiz said.
According to a law enforcement source, the man was arrested at Gate 71B at around 9:30 a.m. Soon after, police returned the laptop to the woman.
Ortiz acknowledged that passengers steal from security checkpoints more often than we might like to think. And sometimes it is not always easy for police to piece together what happened.
"The good thing about this one was that we were able to capture the thief," Ortiz said. "We had the video footage."
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Also, here's a tweet to me from Washington, D.C.-based TSA spokesman Ross Feinstein regarding the incident: