Crawley pair arrested over Gatwick duty free theft


A man and a woman have been arrested by police investigating the theft of duty free items from Gatwick Airport.

Officers from Sussex Police running an operation into thefts at the airport stopped two Gatwick workers after they were seen acting suspiciously shortly after 6am today (Thursday August 21).

When officers searched bags being carried by the man and woman they found sealed bottles of perfume and other duty free items.

A search is also being carried out at a home in Crawley.

A 22-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman, both from Crawley, are in custody being questioned on suspicion of theft.

Both work for a contractor based at the airport, not the site’s owner Gatwick Airport Limited.

Detective Inspector Andy Richardson said: “These arrests are part of a long-running investigation into the theft of duty free goods from the airport.

“There is no suggestion that passengers have been targeted and today’s arrests are not linked to previous operations aimed at catching airport workers who might be committing thefts there.

“We are working with Gatwick Airport Limited and airline operators to tackle the issue of theft and to catch those responsible.”