Three baggage handlers at Baltimore-Washington International Airport have been charged with stealing items over the course of a year from the luggage of soldiers en route to Afghanistan and Iraq.

Items stolen from the luggage of soldiers included two laptop computers, digital cameras, cash, a watch and an MP3 audio player, said Kristin Riggins, a spokeswoman for the Anne Arundel County state's attorney's office.

The three men who have been charged worked as baggage handlers for Signature Flight Support, a Florida-based company that contracts with the Air Force's Air Mobility Command, Riggins said.

Shaka Watson, 22, of Baltimore was charged in January with one count of felony theft in connection with a crime in September. Michael Harlee, 22, of Baltimore was charged June 15 with five counts of felony theft in connection with items stolen between November 2003 and late last year. Derek Murray of Glen Burnie was charged June 15 with one count of felony theft.

According to charging documents, police have seized more than 200 items allegedly stolen from passengers, most of them soldiers.

Joe Gibney, a spokesman for Signature Flight Services, did not return a call yesterday seeking more information on the suspects' employment at the company.