Former PDX baggage handler admits to stealing guns from checked bags

DeShawn Kelly mug shot courtesy Multnomah County Jail

PORTLAND, Ore. – A 27-year-old who worked as a baggage handler at the Portland International Airport has pleaded guilty to charges that he stole guns out of passengers’ bags, the U.S. Attorney’s Office – District of Oregon said.

Deshawn Antonio Kelly, of Portland, worked as a baggage handler at PDX from August 19, 2018 to September 17, 2018. Over that four-week period, the U.S. Attorney says, Kelly stole six guns that had been checked by passengers traveling to and from Oregon.

The guns included three 9mm pistols, two .40 caliber pistols, and a .45 caliber pistol.

He was arrested on September 25 at the airport. Authorities say he admitted that he stole the guns and told investigators where they were located.

The DA’s office says a charge of possessing a stolen firearm carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, up to $250,000 fine and three years’ of post-prison supervision.

His sentencing is set for July 29, 2019.

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