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updated: 7/25/2014 7:31 PM

O'Hare worker accused of taking computers

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CHICAGO -- A worker at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport is accused of stealing two computers from military foot lockers that were being shipped overseas.

Authorities say cameras recorded James Matthews of Sauk Village taking items from the lockers at the airport's post office and place them in a truck. Authorities say the cameras were set up to investigate suspected thefts at the post office.

Assistant Cook County State's Attorney Erin Antonietti says Matthews, who works for a cargo services company, admitted to the thefts, saying he planned to sell the computers for money to repair his auto.

Antonietti says the 41-year-old Matthews served time for a 1991 murder conviction before getting the airport job.

It wasn't immediately known if Matthews, who is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, has an attorney.

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