Airline Employee Arrested in Theft of Aircraft Parts
December 18, 2001
Alvin Randolph, an American Eagle airline employee at the Columbus, Ohio airport, was arrested by special agents of the U.S. DOT-OIG (OIG) and Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms (ATF), after selling numerous stolen aircraft parts to an undercover agent in exchange for cash and machine guns. During the course of a three-month joint OIG and ATF investigation, Randolph boasted to the undercover agent he could obtain a variety of stolen aircraft parts along with documents falsely certifying the parts met the highest quality standards. One of the items sold was a cockpit/cargo key stolen by Randolph, which reportedly would work on all American Airlines aircraft. Randolph has been charged in a criminal complaint with violating the Suspected Unapproved Parts law, false statements and Federal firearms charges.