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Affidavit: Serial luggage theft suspect at PDX stole bags, golf clubs

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A man made multiple trips to Portland International Airport and each time he walked out with other people's luggage, including designer bags and golf clubs, according to court documents.

Chadwick Mathews, 29, was arrested Tuesday after leaving the airport and getting on a MAX train.

Witnesses reported seeing Mathews carrying two bags that did not appear to belong to him, a probable cause affidavit states.

An officer announced he was doing a fare check after watching Mathews get on the MAX train without stopping to pay the fare, according to court documents. Another officer who responded immediately recognized Mathews as a wanted suspect from previous thefts at the airport and took him into custody.

Court documents state Mathews claimed he purchased one of the bags from Brookstone, but he didn't have a receipt, and he had accidentally picked up the other bag from the baggage claim.

The arresting officer later made contact with a woman who was filing a lost bag claim with Alaska Airlines. A probable cause affidavit states Mathews had taken the woman's designer bag that looked like brown crocodile skin and is valued at $400.

Investigators said the second bag in his possession Tuesday was brand new and had been stolen from Brookstone.

Detectives interviewed Mathews who said he had gone to the airport Tuesday to steal bags, according to court documents, which he had done three other times.

He described stealing luggage and golf bags, a probable cause affidavit states. He described the location where he dumped a set of stolen golf clubs from the airport, according to the affidavit, and police said his description was consistent with where the clubs were located.

The owner of the clubs reported them missing at PDX on July 10 after his golf carrier bag never appeared at the baggage claim following his Alaska Airlines flight.

"Mathews said he remembered stealing all of the items he was confronted with," an affidavit states.

Mathews was arraigned in court on charges of first- and second-degree theft. He was then released on his own recognizance and is due back in court Aug. 19.

Court records show Mathews has a 2009 conviction for third-degree theft.

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