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Tuesday July 12, 2011

LATINO BLOTTER: TSA Agent Steals $50,000 Worth of Electronics from Hollywood Airport Luggage

LATINO BLOTTER: TSA Agent Steals $50,000 Worth of Electronics from Hollywood Airport Luggage

Photo: TSA Agent Steals $50,000 Worth of Electronics from Hollywood Fliers

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An agent with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has be arrested for stealing roughly $50,000 worth of electronics from air travelers at a California airport.

ImageNelson Santiago, 30, has been charged with two counts of grand theft after a Continental Airlines employee witnessed him taking an iPad out of a fliers’ luggage and putting it down his pants at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport’s Terminal 1, police say.

Santiago was arrested Monday, and confessed to stealing computers, video cameras, and a number of other electron devices when we was supposed to be screening passengers’ luggage.

He admitted that he would take photos of the goods and upload them to the internet to put them up for sale. Typically, the items would be sold before he ended his shift. Police estimate that Santiago sold more than $50,000 worth of electronics over the past six months.

According to police, Santiago no longer works for the TSA though he had been with the organization since 2009.

Santiago has been released from jail on bond, and police officials say more charges are pending against him.

Officials are still looking for the items’ owners, though they admit the chances of getting the devices back are not high.