You never know what's inside a grab bag.
Michael Schmidt snatched a suitcase from a luggage carousel at the Daytona Beach International Airport containing $70,000 worth of surgical equipment that was scheduled to be used in a spinal operation later in the week, according to a news release from the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.
A passenger on a Delta Airlines flight that landed in Daytona reported the bag was MIA.
Airline officials confirmed that the bag had made it to the airport and should the man surveillance video of the carousel that showed a man picking up the bag and walking away with it. The passenger recognized the man as another passenger on the flight. A check of the passenger list revealed Schmidt's identity, the release stated.
When the 31-year-old Port Orange man got to his apartment he looked inside the bag and had no idea what he had allegedly stolen, so he decided to leave the bag in the apartment complex's parking lot.
An employee at the apartment complex then found the bag -- with the luggage tag still attached -- and turned it over to cops who investigated and eventually found the bag's owner, deputies said.
Schmidt later allegedly told deputies that he had accidentally picked up the bag, thinking it was his and that he had left the bag in the parking lot for a friend to pick up to return to the airport, according to the Sheriff's Office.
But that apparently was a fib.
Delta personnel determined that Schmidt had not checked any luggage on the flight -- therefore he had no reason to even go to the luggage carousel.
Deputies said Schmidt later 'fessed up to grabbing a garment bag off of the same luggage carousel earlier in the month and it's believed he'd also stolen luggage in a Georgia airport.
Investigators also found out that Schmidt is reportedly related to a retired Delta Airlines employee, which allows him to travel free on some Delta flights.
Inmate records show this is Schmidt's 6th booking into the Volusia County Jail.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun