Former Trump hotel partner charged in airport luggage theft
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Mississippi hotelier who had sought to open new hotels in partnership with President Donald Trump’s family has been arrested on charges of stealing luggage from a Tennessee airport.
Dinesh Chawla of Cleveland, Mississippi, was arrested Thursday at the Memphis airport and charged with felony theft.
Arrest records say Chawla was seen on Aug. 18 taking a suitcase, putting it in his vehicle and then returning inside to depart on a flight.
While Chawla was away, police towed his vehicle and found a second piece of stolen luggage.
Police say Chawla confessed to stealing those bags and others over time.
Chawla is free on $5,000 bail and couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.
Chawla Hotels owns 17 hotels in Mississippi. The Trump partnership ended earlier this year.