2 carjacking cases investigated at Minneapolis Airport - New York News

2 carjacking cases investigated at MSP Airport

Posted: Updated:

From luggage to tickets and passports, there is plenty to think about when heading to the airport -- but travelers may want to keep car-jacking in mind now that there have been two incidents at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in the past week.

Two cars were taken from Terminal One in the past seven days, and the crooks clearly weren't worried about airport security even though police are constantly patrolling the terminal to look for anything suspicious.

Anyone who has been to the airport knows the pressure to keep things moving is always on. Most drivers are stopped for less than a minute, but it doesn't take much time to steal an unoccupied car that is already running.

It happens thousands of times a day across the country. Someone is either picked up or dropped off at the airport, and the driver opens the trunk, grabs the luggage and gives loved one a hug while the car is running -- often with the door wide open.

That's exactly what happened on Friday when a brazen car thief jumped into the driver's seat and took off, leaving the owner stunned.

In that case, police used the victim's cell phone to track the car to ST. Paul, where they arrested 25-year-old Samuel Wallin, of White Bear Lake. Wallin has a rap sheet that includes drunk driving and drug charges as well as convictions for burglaries.

Police say it only takes a matter of seconds for someone to steal a car in that situation. On Wednesday, a second car was stolen near the baggage claim area. It was never recovered and investigators are still looking to see if the two cases are connected.

"It's a very rare occurrence," said Melissa Sovronski, a spokeswoman for the airport. "We're not concerned that this is constituting any kind of trend."

Scovronski said she couldn't remember the last time an unattended car was stolen from the terminal curb and she doesn't think there's a reason to change the way pick-up and drop-off works -- but she did say it's not a bad idea to turn off your car.

"Most people know we don't want you to linger," she said. "You can't leave your car her, you can't go in and so forth -- but honestly, I don't think people need to worry about coming out here and opening their doors and doing what they normally do."

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • New Jersey detective acquitted in Maryland highway shooting

    NJ detective acquitted in Md. highway shooting

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 2:16 PM EDT2014-07-30 18:16:51 GMT
    A jury has found a New Jersey detective not guilty in the slaying of a driver during an alleged road-rage incident. Joseph Walker, 41, an investigator for the Hudson County, New Jersey, prosecutor's office, was found not guilty on all counts on Wednesday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. He had been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Joseph Harvey, 36, of Landsdowne.
    A jury has found a New Jersey detective not guilty in the slaying of a driver during an alleged road-rage incident. Joseph Walker, 41, an investigator for the Hudson County, New Jersey, prosecutor's office, was found not guilty on all counts on Wednesday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. He had been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Joseph Harvey, 36, of Landsdowne.
  • Amazon ships first order from New Jersey

    Amazon ships first order from New Jersey

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-07-30 17:31:08 GMT
    The world's biggest online retailer has shipped its first order from its new distribution center in New Jersey. The Interplak All-In-One Sonic Water Jet was sent from Robbinsville to an Amazon customer in New York. Amazon says it expects to employ more than 1,000 full-time employees at the 1 million-square-foot center just outside of Trenton.
    The world's biggest online retailer has shipped its first order from its new distribution center in New Jersey. The Interplak All-In-One Sonic Water Jet was sent from Robbinsville to an Amazon customer in New York. Amazon says it expects to employ more than 1,000 full-time employees at the 1 million-square-foot center just outside of Trenton.

  • Injured detective in Village shootout leaves hospital

    Injured detective in Village shootout leaves hospital

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-30 17:28:00 GMT
    The third law enforcement officer injured in a Manhattan shootout is out of the hospital. The NYPD says Detective Mario Muniz was left Bellevue Hospital shortly after noon on Wednesday. Hundreds of his fellow police officers cheered as Muniz left the hospital in a wheelchair pushed by his NYPD patrol partner, Joseph Trovato.

    The third law enforcement officer injured in a Manhattan shootout is out of the hospital. The NYPD says Detective Mario Muniz was left Bellevue Hospital shortly after noon on Wednesday. Hundreds of his fellow police officers cheered as Muniz left the hospital in a wheelchair pushed by his NYPD patrol partner, Joseph Trovato. Police Commissioner William Bratton has said the detective's protective vest may have saved his life.


Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices