American Airlines Employee Stole Thousands in Items Left By Passengers, Police Say

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Police say an American Airlines worker has been charged with stealing thousands of dollars worth of items left behind on the planes that he was employed to clean at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

An airport police report says officers found what they believe are passengers' lost belongings, including a cell phone, cameras and sunglasses, at Henry Ibarra's Fort Worth home.

Police traced the cell phone to Ibarra's home in July after a passenger reported it missing.

Airport spokesman David Magana says the items are worth about $7,500.

Fort Worth-based American says it has suspended the 59-year-old, who has worked for the company for 41 years.

Ibarra declined comment Wednesday.