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New York, NY - Police: TSA Agent At JFK Stole $5K From Passenger

Published on: February 2, 2012 11:40 AM
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Photo illustration. the Agent in photo has no link with the actual storyNew York, NY - Authorities say a Transportation Security Administration agent has stolen $5,000 from a passenger as he was going through security at a New York City airport.

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Police and the TSA say Alexandra Schmid took the cash from a passenger’s jacket as it went along an X-ray conveyor belt at around 8 p.m. Wednesday at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Police spokesman Al Della Fave (fahv) says surveillance video showed Schmid wrapping the money in a plastic glove and taking it to a bathroom.

He says the money hasn’t been recovered. Police are investigating whether Schmid gave it to another person in the bathroom.

Schmid was arrested on a charge of grand larceny. The name of her attorney wasn’t immediately known.



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 Feb 02, 2012 at 12:03 PM Internet-Assur Says:

what a great way to abuse the power that they have. SMH!
never trust anyone.

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 Feb 02, 2012 at 12:10 PM noturbizniss Says:

We all know the TSA agents are animals. Not to blame the victim but next time dont leave valuables in an easily accessible place, and keep your eyes on it. When i put my wallet through i watch it the whole time.

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 Feb 02, 2012 at 12:44 PM Ithink Says:

And how about the fact that my 19 year old sister was let through this past sunday at Newark with my 6 year old brother's passport?( which she grabbed by mistake and noticed as the Tsa agent opened it. He just smiled and said "have a safe trip!" without noticing that the names dont match!) It doesn't feel very safe to know that these are the ppl that are screening who and what can get on our planes.

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 Feb 02, 2012 at 12:59 PM jack25 Says:

And these are the people that are officially protecting us!

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 Feb 02, 2012 at 01:35 PM yuneeq Says:

These animals did it to my Grandpa about a month ago. He was sitting in a wheel chair and got wheeled through the metal detector. They made him take out his wallet and put it in the scanner. When he left, they returned him everything but his wallet.

Guess where it went...

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 Feb 02, 2012 at 01:36 PM ProminantLawyer Says:

They are above reproche.

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 Feb 02, 2012 at 02:01 PM Anonymous Says:

To #2- While your suggestion in theory has merit, from a practical standpoint, it is not always possible. The TSA requires that everything be removed from our pockets and placed on the conveyor belt. Then, we are either scanned with their machine(s), or physically searched. It is not always possible to keep an eye on one's valuables, while this is occurring. If possible, passengers should carry a minimum amount of cash while going through the TSA checkpoints. While the majority of the TSA agents are just trying to do their job, there is a small percentage, whom are often are tempted to steal cash, and other valuables, from either the carry on luggage, or the checked luggage.

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 Feb 02, 2012 at 02:46 PM Levi Says:

Reply to #4  
jack25 Says:

And these are the people that are officially protecting us!

The person has not been convicted. dan lekaf zechus. Maybe she gave the money to a good cause.

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 Feb 02, 2012 at 03:06 PM Aryeh Says:

After the incident last weekend with Senator Paul, I have decided to vote for Ron Paul. He is the only person in Washington who seems to actually want to fix this disgusting problem.

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 Feb 02, 2012 at 04:05 PM Anonymous Says:

What kind of background check does TSA do on it's employees.
Sounds like they get some of their workers right out of prison.

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 Feb 02, 2012 at 04:18 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

To #2- While your suggestion in theory has merit, from a practical standpoint, it is not always possible. The TSA requires that everything be removed from our pockets and placed on the conveyor belt. Then, we are either scanned with their machine(s), or physically searched. It is not always possible to keep an eye on one's valuables, while this is occurring. If possible, passengers should carry a minimum amount of cash while going through the TSA checkpoints. While the majority of the TSA agents are just trying to do their job, there is a small percentage, whom are often are tempted to steal cash, and other valuables, from either the carry on luggage, or the checked luggage.

I was advised by a TSA agent at the airport to keep cash in my pocket while the wallet goes through the X-Ray.

Who said you have to empty your pockets?

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 Feb 02, 2012 at 07:50 PM Anon Ibid Opcit Says:

The TSA serves no purpose except security theater. It does not reduce the risk of terrorist attacks. It just keeps everyone afraid forever.

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 Feb 02, 2012 at 08:12 PM somekid Says:

Reply to #8  
Levi Says:

The person has not been convicted. dan lekaf zechus. Maybe she gave the money to a good cause.

I agree you have to be dan lekaf zchus but not with the rest of your statement. Is not our job to be Robin Hood and steal from the rich and give to a "good cause". its still gezailah. Hashem decides who is rich and who is poor.

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 Feb 02, 2012 at 08:28 PM basmelech Says:

Reply to #6  
ProminantLawyer Says:

They are above reproche.

Your spelling is atrocious. The word is spelled reproach and prominent is with an e.

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 Feb 03, 2012 at 01:41 PM chardal Says:

Reply to #8  
Levi Says:

The person has not been convicted. dan lekaf zechus. Maybe she gave the money to a good cause.

Even if she gave the money to a good cause, she still stole it from the owner. Doesn't matter if she kept it or donated it. She is still a thief!

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