BRITISH COLUMBIA
08/12/2014 08:13 EDT | Updated 10/12/2014 05:59 EDT

Former Vancouver airport screener pleads guilty to theft

RICHMOND, B.C. - A former Vancouver airport security screener has pleaded guilty to eight counts of theft.

Yuriy Ruvinskiy was initially charged with more than two dozen offences after personal effects were stolen from travellers as they passed through airport security.

He appeared in provincial court in Richmond on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to eight charges of theft.

The Crown says the offences involved 27 victims who were targeted on several different dates.

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 23.