By Sebastian Murphy-bates and Rory Tingle For Mailonline
Published: 14:19 BST, 20 June 2019 | Updated: 17:53 BST, 20 June 2019
Anda Gabur (pictured outside court today) denied and was found not guilty of theft at Luton Crown Court
An air passenger who picked up another traveller's £1,000 Longines watch from an airport security tray then kept it for 10 days was today cleared of theft after insisting she just forgot to hand it in.
Anda Gabur, 34, had sent her own belongings in trays through an X-Ray machine at Luton Airport on August 9 and went through the security arch to wait for her property to come through.
After gathering her items out of the grey plastic trays, the businesswoman spotted the silver Longines watch on its own in another tray and picked it up.
Shortly afterwards, at around 6.45am, she and her husband continued into departures.
Today, Ms Gabur told Luton Crown Court she had intended to hand the watch to airport staff, but became distracted when one of her bags had to be searched and it 'slipped her mind.'
The owner of the watch, Magdalene Doherty, reported the loss of her family heirloom to airport security staff that same morning.
As a result, security staff examined CCTV footage to see who had taken the watch and