4 NAIA Baggage Handlers Arrested For Stealing Jewelry from Turkish Foreign Minister’s Wife

Advising everyone to please make sure that you don’t leave jewelry inside checked-in luggage. This also includes money and other expensive items as they may be prone to loss or theft. Such is the case of wife of the foreign minister of Turkey, Mevlut Cavusoglu, when they returned home from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) last week.

The Turkish Foreign Minister and his wife were in the Philippines to attend that Ministerial Meeting of the 50th Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Manila.

Below is a video report from ABS-CBN News program “Bandila” of the recovery of the lost jewelry box:

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Jewelry Worth 1M Php Stolent at NAIA Airport

The wife placed her jewelry box in her check-in luggage and found out that it was missing when she returned to Turkey. The jewelry box contained rings, earrings and a bracelet, all amounting to 1 Million Philippine Pesos.

Fortunately the stolen box was recovered after an investigation conducted by the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA). They found the suspects who have admitted to stealing the items at the airport which were found out to be 3rd-party baggage loaders assigned in the airport terminal.

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) is scheduled to award the airport police officers and the rest of the team who were able to recove the jewelry box by the Turkish Foreign Minister’s wife.

Reminder to OFWs: Do Not Check in Valuable Items

Let this be a lesson to everyone who are flying to please make sure you do not place in your luggage expensive items including cash, jewelry, cameras and gadgets and other items as these are prone to theft, loss or damage.

It’s better if you bring them with you as hand-carry because, depending on the airline, there might not be any reimbursement for these loss of items. You have to check with your insurance in terms of loss.

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