JFK baggage screener accused of stealing $5,000 from jacket

Story highlights

  • A surveillance video shows a screener taking the cash, police say
  • Alexandra Schmid of Brooklyn is charged with grand larceny
  • She has been with the TSA for more than four years, the agency says
A baggage screener at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport has been arrested after being accused of stealing $5,000 in cash from a traveler's jacket, according to the Port Authority Police Department.
A man who had retrieved his coat from an X-ray machine belt Wednesday evening told authorities a short time later that $5,000 was missing, police spokesman Al Della Fave said.
When investigators checked surveillance camera videos, they saw a female Transportation Security Administration screener remove the currency, wrap it in a latex glove, and depart for the bathroom, Della Fave said. He said when investigators found the woman, she did not have the money on her.
"We assume she may have passed it off to an accomplice, so the investigation is continuing," he said.
Alexandra Schmid, 32, of Brooklyn was charged with grand larceny in the third degree, Della Fave said. It could not be determined if Schmid is being represented by an attorney.
A TSA spokeswoman said Schmid was a 4 1/2-year employee of the agency. "Typically, TSA moves to dismiss employees who are charged with theft," spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said. A TSA employee assisted in the investigation, she said.
"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," she said.