A Delta baggage handler was arrested Thursday and charged with stealing $300,000 from a cash shipment being sent from JFK airport in New York to Miami, ABC7 reported.
Quincy Thorpe, 40, was arrested at home in Brooklyn after calling out sick from work for two days. He appeared in federal court later in the day and was released on $80,000 bond. The money has not been recovered.
The large cash shipment was being transferred in eight bags, ABC7 reported. Court documents say Thorpe scanned and loaded bags on Flight 1225 on Tuesday. According to the criminal complaint, security surveillance obtained from Delta shows Thorpe scanning and loading some of the eight bags onto Flight 1225 but not the stolen bag. That bag, the complaint says, he placed into a container on a vehicle.
Officials realized one of the bags was missing when the flight arrived in Miami, and Port Authority police and the FBI began an investigation.
Fellow workers said Thorpe went home sick at about the time of the theft, and called in over the next two days to say he was still sick and would not be coming in to work.
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