Bags stolen from PDX luggage carousel

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by KGW Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on January 7, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 8 at 1:15 PM

PORTLAND -- Four adults and two juveniles were accused of trying to steal bags from a carousel at the Portland International Airport, but the charges have since been dropped.

A 61-year-old woman spotted what looked like a family stealing bags Saturday morning, according to a Port of Portland police report. The victim watched the suspects and directed police to the airport MAX station. The six people had already boarded, and were cuffed and removed from the train.

Charges were dropped Monday against Brian Mottaz and Nancy Mottaz, who said they were wrongly accused. The court announced Tuesday that no complaint would be filed against Joshua Ryan and Amanda Grogan. They were not required to appear for a hearing, but the case could still go to a grand jury.

"There is no evidence of my wife and I stealing anything at all," Brian Mottaz said Monday. "We were there at the airport, but we did not steal anything and they have no proof that we did."

Two juveniles, ages 12 and 15, were also taken into custody and later released.

Port spokesman Steve Johnson told KGW that a total of 101 bags were stolen at PDX between Jan. 1, 2012 and Sept. 30, 2012.

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