By Logan Burruss
Two officers from the Transportation Security Administration were arrested Wednesday, accused of stealing $40,000 in cash from a checked bag at John F. Kennedy Airport, the Queens District Attorney’s Office said.
On January 30, the men, identified as Persad Coumar and Davon Webb, allegedly discovered a bag containing $170,000 using an X-ray machine and removed some of the money inside, the district attorney said.
According to a TSA official, the two men were reported by a fellow TSA employee, prompting an investigation.
The homes of the two men were searched by Port Authority police and all but $20 was recovered, the district attorney’s office said.
The two men are awaiting arraignment on charges of third-degree grand larceny, fifth-degree conspiracy, third-degree criminal possession of stolen property and official misconduct, according to the district attorney’s office. The charges carry a penalty of up to seven years in prison.
This incident comes in the wake of 12 reported TSA thefts involving checked baggage or security checkpoints over the past three years, according to the TSA.