Crooked TSA Agents Stole $160,000 from JFK Passengers’ Luggage
A pair of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport were arrested yesterday for stealing $40,000 from a bag they believed belonged to a drug trafficker. The two thieves later admitted stealing as much as $160,000 from other unsuspecting JFK passengers as well.
Davon Webb, age 30, and Persad Coumar, age 36, have been charged with grand larceny, possession of stolen property, conspiracy and official misconduct.
According to the New York Daily News, Coumar X-rayed a bag which contained $170,000 in cash before taking the $40,000 from it and meeting Webb in a nearby restroom where they stashed the cash in their clothes. Acting on a tip from a fellow TSA agent, police found $16,000 in Webb’s Bronx home and $23,980 at Coumar’s residence in Queens. The missing $20 had been spent on food, police say.
The passenger who lost $40,000 never reported the theft to authorities, leading some to believe that Webb and Coumar targeted drug dealers because they knew the criminals wouldn’t report their losses to police.