July 10, 2011 in News
TSA employee arrested after string of thefts (WSVN-TV):
Police have arrested a TSA employee suspected of a string of thefts over the past several months.
Thirty-year-old Nelson Santiago was arrested Thursday after stealing electronics from passengers’ checked luggage and then selling them online. “He had this down to a science. He’d take an item, then he would photograph it with his cell phone, post it on Craigslist, and most often it, was sold by the time his shift had ended,” said Broward Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Dani Moschella.
According to the BSO, Santiago was allegedly caught by a Continental Airlines employee slipping an iPad out of a suitcase and into his pants.
TSA agent accused of pilfering from passengers (MSNBC):
A Transportation Security Administration employee accused of stealing from passengers at a South Florida airport has been arrested.
Nelson Santiago, 30, of Hollywood, Fla., was arrested Monday on two counts of grand theft.
Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives say Santiago was caught stealing an iPad from a suitcase at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
Detectives say Santiago admitted to stealing computers, cameras and other electronics from luggage that he was screening. Detectives say Santiago would immediately take a photo of the stolen item with his cell phone, post it for sale online and often sell it by the time his shift ended.
Santiago worked at the terminal that houses Southwest and Continental. A Continental employee reported seeing Santiago stuff the iPad into his pants.
Detectives say they believe Santiago stole about $50,000 worth of electronics in the past six months.
Santiago was released on bond the day after his arrest. He no longer works for the TSA, where he had been employed since January 2009.
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