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NYPD: TSA agent at JFK stole $5K from passenger
NEW YORK -- Police say a Transportation Security Administration agent stole $5,000 in cash from a passenger's jacket as he was going through security at John F. Kennedy International Airport, the latest in a string of thefts that has embarrassed the agency.
Alexandra Schmid took the cash from the jacket of a Bangladeshi passenger as it went along an X-ray conveyor belt at around 8 p.m. Wednesday, said Al Della Fave, spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's police force.
"In viewing the surveillance video, we observed her removing the currency from the victim's jacket pocket," Della Fave said.
The video showed Schmid wrapping the money in a plastic glove and taking it to a bathroom, he said.
The money hasn't been recovered, Della Fave said. Police are investigating whether Schmid gave it to another person in the bathroom.
The 31-year-old Schmid was arrested on a charge of grand larceny and suspended pending an investigation. Her attorney's name wasn't immediately known.
Schmid, who lived in Brooklyn, had worked for the TSA for 4½ years, TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said.
"We do hold our officers to very high standards, and we have a zero tolerance policy for theft in the workplace," Farbstein said.
It's the latest in a series of recent theft allegations against TSA employees:
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