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Fri, Feb 18, 2011

TSA Agents Accused Of Stealing From Checked Luggage

A Third TSA Employee Reported The Theft

Two TSA agents assigned to security at Kennedy International Airport have been arrested on charges of stealing $40,000 from a piece of checked luggage. The bag reportedly contained $170,000 cash.

The two agents ... 44 year old Persad Coumar and 30 year old Davon Webb ... have been charged with grand larceny, possession of stolen property, conspiracy, and official misconduct. The two had split the money, with Mr. Coumar taking $26,000 and Mr. Webb taking $14,000, according to a report in the New York Times. All but $20 was recovered, which Mr. Coumar said he had used to buy food.

The Port Authority worked with TSA to catch the pair. In a statement, a TSA spokesman said the agency has a zero tolerance policy for theft in the workplace. "TSA is working closely with law enforcement authorities to ensure the individuals responsible are prosecuted and we will move swiftly and decisively to end the federal careers of any employee who engages in illegal activity on the job,” the statement said.

Bloomberg News reports that the two will be terminated from their jobs with the security agency.

The two men allegedly worked together to steal the money after Courmar saw the cash in the bag when it went through an x-ray machine before being placed on an American Airlines flight. Webb was working in the baggage area, and he marked the bag with tape. Courmar then entered the baggage area using his TSA ID, found the bag and took some of the money, which was later discovered at the homes of the two suspects.

FMI: www.tsa.gov

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