Say What Now? TSA Officer Arrested for Grand Theft After Stealing Money From a Passenger During a Pat Down

Transportation Security Administration officer Alexander Johnson stole money from a passenger at Orlando International Airport and has been arrested.

via NYDN:

Kathleen Duddleston was pulled aside for additional screening after she went through security Thursday, a police report according to Wesh.

While lead TSA officer Michelle Metz searched Duddleston, another officer took money from one of her bags, Duddleston told police.

Duddleston’s view of her belongings was obscured by another officer during the screening. When she said she couldn’t see her bags, officer Alexander Johnson, 22, moved only slightly, according to an arrest report.

After the pat down, Duddleston noticed money missing from her bag. She also noticed a bulge in Johnson’s shirt pocket.

When she asked him if the money was hers, he responded that the money had come from a bank.

Duddleston told Metz that Johnson had stolen her money, and that it was in his shirt pocket. 

Metz retrieved the money and notified a supervisor.

The incident was captured on video, which shows Johnson reaching into Duddleston’s bag, taking the money and pocketing it, an arrest report said according to Wesh.

Duddleston got her money back while Johnson was taken into custody.

He was arrested on suspicion of grand theft in the third degree.

“TSA has a zero tolerance for misconduct in the workplace,” the agency said in a statement.

“The TSA immediately reported the allegation to OPD and we aggressively investigated the incident with our law enforcement partner. TSA officers represent a professional and honorable workforce that is trained to treat passengers and their personal belongings with care and respect. No exceptions will be tolerated. We immediately ended the federal career of this individual.”

Johnson had only been with the agency for a few months, according to TSA officials.

We wonder how often things like this happen where the TSA agent DOESN’T get caught…

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