On Thursday, Oct. 6, detectives and officers from the Maui Police Department, along with federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives; arrested three Hawaiian Airlines employees in connection with several theft investigations.
In August, Hawaiian Airlines corporate security investigators reported to Maui police that they suspected employee theft involving their ramp agents and checked baggage belonging to passengers.
Two incidents involved Hawaiian Airlines flights. The first occurred on June 24 when a lawfully declared firearm was reported stolen from checked baggage while en route from Los Angeles, California, to Hilo with a layover in Kahului. The second occurred on July 28, when another lawfully declared firearm was reported stolen from checked baggage while traveling from Kahului to San Jose, California.
Both incidents were documented with Hawaiian Airlines as well as the Maui Police Department.
A 28-year-old Wailuku man was arrested for theft in the first degree, place to keep firearm (loaded) and place to keep ammunition. A 52-year-old Kihei man was arrested for theft in the first degree.
A 29-year-old Wailuku man was arrested for theft in the third degree regarding a separate investigation.
All three have been released pending further investigation. Police say they have been employed by the airlines for nearly 10 years.
Hawaiian Airlines says the men are ramp employees and have been put on leave without pay.