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Two Convicted of Fencing Stolen Luggage

September 2, 1988

CHICAGO (AP) _ Two people were convicted in what authorities called the largest baggage- theft ring ever discovered at O’Hare International Airport.

The Rev. Freddie Mitchell, 37, a pastor at Holy Raiders Revival Church, and Delores Harris, 35, both of Chicago, were convicted Thursday by a Cook County Criminal Court jury.

Police recovered nearly 100 pieces of luggage and clothing, valued at $100,000, at Lois’ Resale Shop, a second-hand store owned by the two defendants, said Jean Bischoff, assistant state’s attorney. Some of the luggage had airline tags still attached.

Ms. Bischoff, who helped prosecute the case, said a third suspect, Lorry Nelson, identified Lois’ as the shop where she had sold stolen luggage. Ms. Nelson was arrested at O’Hare last Oct. 20.

An undercover officer, posing as Ms. Nelson’s cousin, accompanied her to the store and saw Ms. Harris buying two suitcases from Ms. Nelson for $35 each, Ms. Bischoff said. Before completing the deal, Ms. Harris called Mitchell to agree on the price, she said.

Ms. Nelson, 27, pleaded guilty earlier to theft and was sentenced to five months in jail and 18 months of probation.

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