Queens, NY - Jet Blue Baggage Handler Admits Stealing Cop's Gun
Queens, NY - A Jet Blue baggage handler at Kennedy airport reportedly admitted stealing an NYPD sergeant’s gun from her luggage and then throwing it away in a Queens sewer when he came under suspicion.
Port Authority police arrested 21-year-old Tamarcus Hines of Rosedale after he allegedly confessed to stealing the sergeant’s .9mm handgun, which had been packed in a locked gun box inside her suitcase and lawfully checked in for her flight to Orlando, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
Hines, who has worked for Jet Blue for a year, is charged with taking the sergeant’s gun, holster and ammunition, which were all recovered from the sewer after he reportedly confessed, Brown said.
“It is upsetting that a passenger who buys an airline ticket and lawfully checks her luggage – in this case a secured, legally possessed handgun – has been subjected to having her belongings stolen,” Brown said.
“This case is, however, especially egregious in that the defendant is alleged to have brazenly stolen a 9mm handgun that had been properly secured by its owner, a sergeant with the New York City Police Department.”
Hines was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal mischief and faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
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