TSA Officer Accused Of Stealing $5,000 From JFK Passenger

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Transportation Security Administration agent is accused of stealing $5,000 in cash from a passenger as he was being screened at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Alexandra Schmid, who has worked for the TSA for four years, allegedly swiped the cash from the passenger’s jacket as it passed through an X-ray conveyor belt around 8:25 p.m. Wednesday in Terminal 4.

Schmid, from Brooklyn, was arrested Wednesday night.

A TSA spokesperson said another officer had witnessed the alleged theft and notified authorities.

“TSA commends the witnessing officer for demonstrating integrity in coming forward and holding the other officer accountable for her actions,” TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said.

Schmid was apparently caught on surveillance video wrapping the money in a plastic glove and walking off with it to the bathroom, Port Authority police spokesman Al Della Fave tells 1010 WINS.

The money has not been recovered and police believe Schmid may have handed it off to an accomplice.

The investigation is ongoing.

Schmid has been charged with grand larceny in the third degree.

The 31-year-old has been suspended pending an investigation.

The passenger flew out of the country last night, according to the TSA.

“The actions of a few individuals in no way reflect on the outstanding job our 50,000 security officers do every day to ensure the security of the traveling public,” Farbstein said.

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  1. The Widowmaker says:

    what is the ethnnictiy of the suspect?

  2. gregggggg says:

    im sho she jes be tryins ta feeds all da babies, bein a single babby momma

  3. andrea says:

    HER BACKGROUND CHECK IS DONE, LETS SEE HOW 5,000 WILL GET HER ANOTHER JOB!!!!

  4. zoraida says:

    they say the money was not found and before the news say was in his bag and they chance and now say is in his jacked I think is a big lied the only found on her $141. she never left the airport and the search the terminal and don’t found nothing.I ask my self the don’t check the one who point the finger maybe she take yhe money and blame the other.

  5. led says:

    ONLY ONE my fat zzz they alsteal watch your stuff

  6. Bullett says:

    There’s always one bad apple in the bunch. Glad they were caught and charged.

  7. Truth one says:

    “The actions of a few individuals in no way reflect on the outstanding job our 50,000 security officers do every day to ensure the security of the traveling public,” Farbstein said.

    This is the SAME statement he made yesterday when they busted ANOTHER TSA agent stealing several ipads from people’s luggage. At wha tpoint does this become classified as a pattern?

  8. handjob says:

    The hand is quicker than the eye, but not the camera

  9. susan says:

    tsa employees are screened before they are hired..as with any job however, some “bad guys” slip through the cracks..this is not the first instance of a tsa employee stealing or rifling through someones belongings..keep in mind that baggage handlers at various airports have been arrested for similar things…

  10. TSA blows says:

    Hopefully she will have to pay the $5000 back .We let criminals off to easy.They should make it mandatory 10 year sentence for any TSA worker caught stealing.The American people put there trust in them with there belongings and it is not right that they do this.If it was my jacket and i got it back missing that money she would of been layed out on the floor.It is time for people to take back the airports and Don not give TSA workers any respect treat them the way they treat us like garbage.

  11. Hello Sing Sing says:

    The devil made her do it and a friend outside .

  12. Alfred Quida says:

    Don’t drag my good name into this, toby.

  13. toby says:

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close those bad cases.
    There is evidence that employees from DoD, CIA and DOJ accepted bribes from Al Quida.
    How is it that 12 of the 9/11 terrorists could live for 2 weeks just 2 miles from NSA head quarters in Maryland.This after several of them had taken flight simulator lessons on Jumbo jet trainers and several of them where on State department terror watch lists.
    There is evidence that employees from DoD, CIA and DOJ accepted bribes from Al Quida.
    If DoJ and DoD employees where more concerned with doing their jobs than enriching themselves by stealing from suspects and taking bribes, then there might have been more a chance that 9/11 had never happened.

    1. Fake Name says:

      Get off the drugs. The DoD, CIA and DOJ have NOTHING to do with this case. If you cant read and understand an article just spam your Ron Paul nonsense like all the other idiots.

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