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Sticky-Fingered Brooklyn TSA Agent Caught On Tape

A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent from Brooklyn 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 long string of thefts that has embarrassed the agency.

Alexandra Schmid took the cash from the jacket of a passenger as it went along an X-ray conveyor belt at around 8 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Port Authority.

A surveillance video showed Schmid wrapping the money in a plastic glove and taking it to a bathroom – but police lost track of it after that. Police speculate she may have handed it off to another person.

Schmid, 31, was arrested on a charge of grand larceny and suspended pending an investigation.

Tens of thousands of airport stolen property reports have been filed over the last couple of years, but few arrests have been made. According to the NY Post, Port Authority Police supervisors manipulating crime figures by pressuring cops to record larcenies as "lost property" cases.

-- AP with additional reporting by Mary Frost

February 3, 2012 - 12:33pm


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