A man was charged with stealing $1 million worth of luggage from the baggage conveyors at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport and selling the bags and their contents at his flea market stand.

"As far as we know, this is the largest such recovery of luggage at any major airport, at least in the U.S.," Airport Police Chief Tom Shehan said Thursday.James Clarence Ringley, 46, of Arlington, was charged with theft.

Police said he stole more than 500 pieces of luggage simply by plucking them from baggage conveyers.

The luggage was seized from Ringley's home, a storage shed and his flea market stall. Expensive golf clubs and electronic items were also found.