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YVR security screener pleads guilty to thefts

A former Vancouver International Airport security screener has pled guilty to stealing cash from passengers in February and March of this year.

Yuriy Ruvinskiy appeared in Richmond provincial court this week to enter a guilty plea to eight counts of theft under $5,000. He has plead guilty to two counts of theft on March 8, and one count of theft each on: Feb. 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23.

As first revealed by The Richmond Review, the theft investigation was first launched when a passenger alleged Ruvinskiy had stolen cash from him.

At the time, the 38-year-old Ruvinskiy was working for G4S—a security firm contracted by the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority—and he was immediately suspended. He later resigned.

Richmond Mounties were then brought in to investigate, which led them to review security footage.

As a result, 26 counts of theft were laid against Ruvinskiy.

Thefts by airport personnel are rare, according to Mathieu Larocque, spokesperson for the air transport authority.

Since the authority came into existence in 2002, just three allegations of theft have been made.

"We want to ensure the public knows this is rare," Larocque said earlier this year. He noted that 50 million passengers are screened at airports across Canada every year.

Ruvinskiy is next scheduled to appear in Richmond court on Oct. 23 for a pre-sentencing report.

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