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Forum staff reports, Published July 23 2012

Airport worker accused of stealing backpack at Hector International

FARGO – An airport food service employee is facing felony theft charges after police say he was caught on video taking a woman’s backpack from an airport shop.

The woman was at Hector International Airport on July 1 and stopped at a coffee shop just outside of the security checkpoint, where she left a backpack, court documents say.

She told police she didn’t realize the backpack was missing until several hours later, but she went back to the airport to search for the bag, which held a laptop, an iPad and her wallet and credit cards, police reports say.

Fargo police were later called by a supervisor at the airport who said he saw video of Branden Serrano taking the backpack.

Police say Serrano admitted to taking the bag and said he could get all of the property back, most of which was at his home. The woman was able to get her bag back before flying back to her home in New York.

Serrano was charged Friday in Cass County District Court with one count of theft, a Class C felony.