TSA luggage screener accused of stealing passengers' electronics
A Transportation Security Administration employee may have had a keen eye for screening luggage, but authorities say he also had sticky fingers.
Nelson Santiago, 30, of Hollywood, was arrested Monday on two counts of grand theft after a Continental Airlines employee at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport accused Santiago of stealing an iPad electronic tablet out of someone's luggage and stuffing it in his pants. During questioning, Santiago told Broward Sheriff's detectives he stole electronics from plane passengers' luggage to sell online — often posting the items for sale and cashing in on them during the same shift, officials said.
Detectives say such thefts went on for six months, and the losses totaled $50,000.