Mid-Flight Theft

Oxygen tank carried by stowaway thief William DeLucia
The airliner cargo hold was pressurized, but the cautious jack-in-the-box thief carried this oxygen tank with him just in case.
The airliner cargo hold was pressurized, but the cautious
jack-in-the-box thief carried this oxygen tank with him just
in case.
In 1980, postal inspectors investigated the mysterious disappearances of registered mail from commercial aircraft. The case was cracked on May 14 at the Atlanta airport when a huge trunk marked “musical instruments” accidentally opened as it was unloaded, revealing stowaway William DeLucia.

The “jack-in-the-box thief” would emerge from his trunk mid-flight to steal mail. On this trip, he had loaded over $350,000 worth of items into empty luggage checked in by accomplices. Authorities arrested DeLucia and the two men who showed up to claim the luggage and trunk.

Trunk by stowaway thief William DeLucia
When this trunk popped open, the stowaway was discovered with his oxygen tank, food and a flashlight. Law enforcement officers, including postal inspectors, were called in to investigate.
When this trunk popped open, the stowaway was discovered with his oxygen tank, food and a flashlight. Law enforcement officers, including postal inspectors, were called in to investigate.