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.