Police have arrested a Transportation Security Administration employee who stole about $50,000 worth of electronics from travelers luggage at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
Nelson Santiago, 30, of Hollywood, was arrested after an employee with Continental Airlines saw him slip an I-Pad computer out of a suitcase and into his pants on Monday, said Dani Moschella, spokeswoman for Broward Sheriffs Office.
Santiago has been charged with two counts of grand theft. He was released from jail on Tuesday, according to a report released on Thursday.
An investigation by detectives lead them to find Santiago responsible for a string of similar thefts during the past six months.
He told investigators he stole computers, GPS devices and video cameras from suitcases he was screening during his shift at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airports Terminal 1. The terminal houses Continental and Southwest airlines.
Santiago would immediately take a photo of the stolen item with his cell phone, post it for sale online and often sell it by the time his shift ended.
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