JFK Airport Screener Ripped Off $61 From Wallet in Bin: Authorities - NBC New York

JFK Airport Screener Ripped Off $61 From Wallet in Bin: Authorities

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    A Transportation Security Administration screener is accused of stealing $61 from a man's wallet at a John F. Kennedy International Airport security checkpoint.

    The 26-year-old victim had placed his wallet in a bin during routine screening and when he retrieved it he noticed his money was gone, Port Authority spokesman Joe Pentangelo said Sunday.

    Port Authority police began an investigation and Pentangelo said photographic evidence revealed that a uniformed TSA screener was responsible for the theft, which occurred at about 10 p.m. Saturday.

    Joe Bangay, 37, of Queens, was subsequently charged with criminal possession of stolen property and larceny. It wasn't clear if he had a lawyer who could comment on the charges.

    Earlier this month, a TSA screener was charged with stealing a passenger's $7,000 diamond watch from a plastic bin at JFK airport.  

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