February 17, 2011 / 12:43 AM / 9 years ago

TSA agents arrested in case of missing cash at airport

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two Transportation Security Administration agents were arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Wednesday and accused of stealing $40,000 cash from a passenger’s bag, police said.

Agents Davon Webb, 30 and Persad Coumar, 44, are believed to have committed earlier thefts as well, police said.

They are charged in Queens County, New York Court with grand larceny, possession of stolen property and official misconduct. If convicted, they face up to seven years in jail.

The investigation began on January 30 when another TSA agent tipped police that the two agents had taken money, according to police with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which oversees the airport.

Coumar allegedly X-rayed a passenger’s bag and found cash inside. Coumar told Webb, who allegedly marked it with tape, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Coumar then located the marked bag in a luggage area, took out cash that he hid before taking it home, Brown said.

After getting the tip, authorities said they found roughly $40,000 stashed at the homes of Coumar and Webb.

Police said the men confessed to other thefts that could total as much as another $160,000.

Both men will soon be fired, said TSA spokeswoman Ann Davis.

“We will move swiftly and decisively to end the federal careers of any employee who engages in illegal activity on the job,” she said.

Reporting by Aman Ali, editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Greg McCune

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