Police: Alleged DIA gift card thief used them at Walmart

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DENVER -- A man who allegedly took gift cards from several families at DIA bonded out of jail Friday.

Gregory Gauna’s troubles started at a Walmart at Interstate 70 and Tower Road after surveillance video caught him with stolen Walmart gift cards Sunday morning, said police.

He worked at DIA, but he also did quite a job stealing from at least one traveler, police said.

“My husband works hard to make that money,” said victim Jodi McBroom.

She was visiting her son in Fountain and bought six Walmart gift cards for her family before leaving Denver on Sunday for home in Canada.

Police said Gauna, 23, stole McBroom’s gift cards, then used them to buy $1,250 worth of other gift cards -- all while McBroom was waiting at her gate for departure.

“I feel bad for him, but I’m happy that he’s arrested. So he can’t do this to anybody else,” she said.

Denver Police said he stole the gift cards from inside McBroom’s checked luggage.

Gauna worked for a contractor, Vanderlande Industries, that did maintenance on the baggage system.

In a statement a company spokesperson said it, "maintains strict controls for the prevention of theft and is working closely with local authorities to investigate the matter. The subject employee was terminated immediately.”

“For someone who doesn’t even work for the airline and is actually contracted to work on the carousel, to have access to my luggage, that is a violation,” said McBroom.

McBroom said the airport should have better security measures in areas that are supposedly secure.

She said she knows now to have just kept the gift cards with her.  McBroom said she plans to send gift cards for Christmas.

“I can’t wait to send money or gift cards or whatever to my kids and find out what they and the grandkids got for Christmas. That is what I am looking forward to. That is my Christmas present,” she said.

Delta has told McBroom it will send her a check to cover the loss of the gift cards.

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