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13 SFO Bag Smashers Caught Stealing from the Troops

(Tip of the hat to .com at Rantburg for this one...)

A group of thirteen baggage handlers ripped off over 200k worth of electronics and other items sent to servicemen and women stationed in Okinawa. All of them were employed by a carrier called Aeroground, which had a contract with the military to deliver packages overseas.

After receiving complaints that expensive items were missing from their mail, military investigators along with the US Postal inspectors set up surveillance at the San Francisco airport. A postal inspector bought 15 items later reported missing from one of the defendants.

The people named as defendants by the U.S. Attorney's Office are: Arthur Chester Orogo Balmes, 24, of Hayward; Leonardo Ugalde Briosos, 51, of Daly City; Rodolfo Ugalde Briosos, 52, of Daly City; Francis Arnel Ronas Maroto, 25, of Sacramento; Rafael Martinez, 24, of San Bruno; Douglas Quintana Meehleib, 40, of Daly City; Gabriel Jose Navarrette, 19, of Pacifica; Jesus Jose Navarro, 22, of Burlingame; Arnel Tabangcura Salaver, 46, of South San Francisco; Fetongi Mamahi Sanft, 20, of East Palo Alto; Vaea Tangitau Sanft, 19, of East Palo Alto; Sosaia Toviko Tauelangi, 20, of East Palo Alto; Segundo Bendo Tiongco, Jr., 40, of San Francisco.

(On a personal note, I have never served, but one of my acquaintances is currently stationed in Yokohama, doing the kind of job these idjits obviously don't value. Throw the book at 'em!)


  • At 12:46 PM, Blogger Deacon Blues said…

    Having been in the military and knowing what it's like to long for mail from home I can only say "Draw and quarter them! No mercy!" They better be glad it's the Us gubmint doing the prosecuting and not the Military.

  • At 7:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You should realize that having posted their names and where they are from, they just might get that 'wall-to-wall' counseling form of military justice, if any of the .mil guys around happen to want to have a fire mission.


  • At 2:39 PM, Blogger Kory O said…

    Jame_, yeah, I know. But the names have already been posted on the internet and every arrest is part of public record. It wouldn't be that hard to find them out if anyone wanted to know who they were.

  • At 10:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What's the latest update to this case? Apparently one of the guys is currently staying and working in this country of Brunei Darussalam...trying to show off that he is superior than anyone here as he came from USA. If only his employer knew about his would be a different story.


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