DENVER - A 22-year-old man who worked for a company that cleans airplanes was charged with theft for allegedly stealing an iPad that had been left on a plane.
Blane Schilling told police that he left his iPad and Zagg keyboard in the back seat pocket of a United Airlines plane that landed at Denver International Airport on Feb. 25 around 11:30 p.m.
"When they found my iPad in the seat back pocket, that they didn’t immediately turn it in to United. That surprised me," said Schilling.
He filed a lost item claim with United Airlines and two days later, the "Find my iPhone/iPad" app shared the location where the device had been turned on. It showed the iPad was at a home on Idalia Street, near North Chambers Road and East 56th Avenue, police said in a search warrant affidavit.
"I did know the location was a house. I didn't know who lived there," said Schilling.
When police interviewed the men who lived in the home, they learned that both men -- a 47-year-old man and his 22-year-old son -- work at Denver International Airport. The older man is a United Airlines ramp worker and the younger man works for JetStream Ground Services, which cleans planes for United, police said.
Police learned that the 23-year-old, Alexjandro Martinez Jr Valadez was cleaning planes that night. He told 7NEWS he was fired from his job the day after Denver police retrieved the iPad from his home.
"That was my fault. I should've turned in the iPad. I apologize to the owners of the iPad. It wasn't like I physically took your item. I found it, and I just thought, maybe it wasn't a big deal," Valadez told 7NEWS.
Valadez has been charged with one count of misdemeanor theft.
"The detective clearly stated that once (the iPad) was in his hands I was presumed guilty, because I had the item. So, I gave him the item back and hopefully everything goes good in court," Valadez said.