A woman flying from Los Angeles to New York after appearing on "Judge Judy" has been arrested on charges she stole a crew member's iPad and a passenger's passport and bank card, the latter of which she allegedly hid in her underwear.
A spokesman for Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police said Thursday that 26-year-old Melissa Perez was charged with grand larceny and possession of stolen property.
Authorities say the Bronx woman was flying American Airlines to John F. Kennedy Airport Wednesday when a crew member noticed her tote pad, which contained an iPad among other items, was missing.
The pilot made an announcement over the loudspeaker asking passengers to assist in searching for the apparently lost bag. About 45 minutes prior to landing, a passenger saw the cover to the missing iPad under a seat. The crew searched the area and found the tote bag; the iPad was missing.
The 27-year-old crew member told authorities she saw Perez put the stolen tote bag under the seat where it was found, and officers searched Perez's belongings. They found the iPad in her carry-on bag, authorities said. Meanwhile, another passenger reported her passport and bank card were stolen and told authorities she saw Perez near her purse after she woke up from a nap.
Perez was brought in to be questioned by Port Authority officers after the flight landed, and officers found the passenger's bank card and passport in her underwear, authorities said. She also allegedly had a prescription bottle containing about 10 grams of marijuana in her possession, authorities said.
Details of her "Judge Judy" appearance weren't known, and information on an attorney for her wasn't immediately available.