TSA Agent Alexandra Schmid Allegedly Steals $5K from JFK Traveler: 7 Other Thefts

on February 02 2012 4:09 PM

TSA has confiscated a lot of items at airports over the years, from switch-blades to guns to large bottles of shampoo--but they are definitely not supposed to take $5,000 from a passenger.

Police say they have arrested a Transportation Security Administration agent at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport for allegedly stealing the cash from a Bangladeshi passenger's jacket Wednesday night, according to The Associated Press.

Alexandra Schmid was spotted via surveillance video wrapping the money in a plastic glove as the jacket went down a conveyor belt and sneaking it to the bathroom, police spokesman Al Della Fave told the wire. She was charged with grand larceny.

According to NBC New York, Schmid is from Brooklyn and has been working for the agency for more than four years. It was not immediately known if she had a lawyer.

The passenger reportedly continued on his planned trip overseas after Schmid was arrested.

The incident is not the first to embarrass the TSA. In the past couple of years, there have been at least seven allegations against TSA agents for swiping traveler's cash or expensive gadgets.

1.       Police found seven stolen iPads in a TSA agents home last month after a passenger going through the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport used a tracking device to look for his missing tablet. He is currently suspended.

2.       Former TSA agent Paul Yashou pleaded guilty on Jan. 10 to stealing a $15,000 watch from a passenger at Los Angeles International Airport.

3.       In January, police arrested and charged a TSA agent for stealing items from luggage and smuggling them out of the airport in his jacket after a stolen iPad was spotted for sale on Craigslist.

4.       A TSA agent was arrested in July at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after another employee said he saw him slipping an iPod into his pants.

5.       Police arrested and charged a TSA screener in December at New York City's LaGuardia Airport for stealing a Detroit-bound passenger's laptop when he left it behind in security.

6.       A TSA supervisor, Michael Arato, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for snagging $10,000 to $30,000 from passengers' belongings at Newark Liberty International Airport. His accomplice and one of his subordinates, Al Raimi, was sentenced to six months of home confinement.

7.       Coumar Persad and Davon Webb were sentenced on Jan. 10 to six months in jail and five years' probation for stealing $40,000 from luggage a year before at JFK International Airport.