Former Hawaiian Airlines ramp agent pleads guilty to stealing a firearm

The Maui News

A former Hawaiian Airlines employee is awaiting sentencing after he pleaded guilty to stealing a firearm while he was working as a ramp agent at Kahului Airport two years ago.

Kahai Lindsey, 30, of Wailuku is set to be sentenced June 21 in U.S. District Court in Honolulu.

Federal court documents show that Lindsey entered guilty pleas March 8 to charges of theft of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm.

The 9 mm Glock 26 pistol was stolen June 24, 2016, from a gun case that was among checked baggage unloaded from a flight arriving from Los Angeles, according to court documents.

Lindsey opened the gun case, which had one latch unlocked, and took the gun valued at $539, according to facts outlined in a plea agreement. He took the gun to the employee break room and wrapped it in a bag before later leaving the airport with the gun, according to the agreement.

As a ramp agent, Lindsey’s duties included loading and unloading baggage on airplanes, according to the agreement.

In exchange for Lindsey’s guilty pleas, the government agreed it would dismiss two other charges of theft of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm on July 28, 2016. Police said that incident involved another 9 mm Glock 26 pistol that was stolen from checked baggage of a passenger traveling from Kahului to San Jose, Calif.

Each charge carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine.

Lindsey has been free on a $25,000 unsecured bond.