TSA agent allegedly steals $100 from passenger

TSA agent allegedly steals $100 from passenger

Tue Oct 9, 2012 11:22PM GMT
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Officials arrested a Transportation Security Administration agent on Friday after he allegedly swiped cash from a passenger’s wallet at Los Angeles International Airport.

On Friday, airport police responded to a complaint after a passenger went through TSA security at LAX’s Terminal 5, airport spokesperson Albert Rodriguez told NBC News.

The passenger had placed his wallet and other personal possessions in the TSA-provided bin, Rodriguez said.

After the security screening, the victim reportedly noticed that $100 was missing from his wallet, the Los Angeles Times reported.

After an initial investigation, airport police arrested a TSA agent, 47-year-old Clyde Reese, on suspicion of theft. NBC News

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TSA spokesperson Nico Melendez said that Reese will be removed from screening duties and could be fired, if wrongdoing is found. LA Times

“TSA holds its employees to the highest ethical standards and has a zero tolerance for theft,” TSA spokesperson Lorie Dankers said in a statement. “TSA will continue to work with law enforcement officials to assist in any investigation.” LA Times

Last week, a former TSA worker pleaded guilty to stealing over $500 in cash from a man who complained about the TSA’s invasive pat down procedure, with the TSA agent admitting the theft was a punishment for the man’s lack of obedience. Prison Planet

John W. Irwin, 60, pleaded guilty to one count of grand larceny following an incident in November 2011, during which a man asked that he be given a pat down rather than face a body scanner due to a medical condition. Prison Planet

When TSA agents ordered the man to undergo the pat down in a private room, he complained but agreed to do so. Prison Planet

The man placed $520 in cash in a gray plastic bin before accompanying the TSA agents to the private room. When he returned, the money was gone, with Irwin having hidden it in a TSA supervisor’s drawer. Prison Planet

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