Police: Flight Attendant Stole from Travelers

He is accused of taking cash from a couple at the security checkpoint.

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012  |  Updated 6:41 PM EDT
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Police: Flight Attendant Stole from Travelers

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Police at Newark Liberty International Airport say they've nabbed a sticky-fingered flight attendant.

Police say Jean Paulino lifted about $140 in cash and two driver's licenses from a couple as they went through a security checkpoint Tuesday.

The United Airlines flight attendant was in uniform when he allegedly chatted with one of the travelers, waited until the other turned his back, then plucked the items off the X-ray machine.

Transportation Security Administration screeners notified police from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and they retrieved video footage that allegedly showed Paulino taking the money.

Paulino was arrested as he prepared to board a flight to Washington. He's charged with theft.

A phone number couldn't be found for Paulino; it's not known if he's retained an attorney.

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