Delta Baggage Handler, 40, is arrested for $ 300k theft from JFK Airport after reporting sick for two days …. but officials still haven't found the money
- Delta baggage handler Quincy Thorpe was arrested for stealing the bag during his service at JFK Airport on Tuesday
- Heldagent was held in his Brooklyn house by the FBI on suspicion of stealing $ 300,000 in cash from a bag destined for a flight to Miami
- The bag was loaded on the plane but was removed before taking off
- Thorpe would appear in Brooklyn on Thursday
- Delta said it cooperates with authorities and conducts an internal investigation
A baggage handler of Delta Air Lines has been arrested by the FBI on suspicion of stealing more than $ 300,000 in cash that disappeared from JFK Airport on Tuesday.
The $ 258,200 – plus more in foreign currencies – disappeared when eight bags of money scanned by Quincy Thorpe, 40, were loaded on the plane that traveled to Miami.
He was caught on camera and took one of the eight bags from an armored car and loaded it into a container instead of on the run, according to legal documents.
The Delta Ground Services employee had gone home sick around the time of the apparent theft.
Delta baggage handler Quincy Thorpe was arrested for stealing the bag during his service at JFK Airport on Tuesday (file image)
Only when flight 1225 landed in South Florida on Wednesday morning did it appear that the bag was missing.
Thorpe was detained Thursday at his home in New York City and appeared that afternoon in the federal court of Downtown Brooklyn to answer the missing bag that had been removed from the asphalt.
The missing bag and money have still not been recovered, but the suspect has been released for a $ 80,000 deposit paid by a friend, according to ABC 7.
& # 39; We arrested a subject earlier this morning in Brooklyn & # 39 ;, said an FBI representative in a statement. & # 39; There are costs pending. & # 39;
Delta from Atlanta, Georgia, said in a statement: & # 39; The alleged actions of this employee are unacceptable and in no way reflect the professionalism and values we expect from Delta team members.
& # 39; We take this situation very seriously and work directly with the authorities on their investigation and conduct an internal investigation ourselves. & # 39;
The apparent theft is far from the first time that significant sums have disappeared from the city's airport.
On December 11, 1978, six masked shooter stole $ 5 million in cash and $ 1 million in jewelry from the Lufthansa Terminal at JFK Airport.
It took the gang – who was linked to the Lucchese crime family – 64 minutes to steal the packs of money, throw them in a van and escape.
At the time, it was the largest cash raid ever in the United States. The stolen $ 5 million would be worth $ 17.9 million in 2013 dollars, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Crime was an obstacle to investigators for years, but in 2013 the case broke out during a search where human remains were buried in the former home of James & # 39; Jimmy de Gent & # 39; Burke.
After 30 years, the FBI was finally able to accuse members of the New York Mafia for the JFK raid – which became famous for the Goodfellas film.
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