Another TSA agent charged with theft – Chicago O’Hare

We’ve reported on TSA theft many times. The latest story comes out of Chicago, at O’Hare International Airport.

Angel Velasquez, 59, was arrested and released on his own recognizance after being accused of stealing $8,500 from a checked suitcase. He had been working for the TSA for 11 years. Apparently he hasn’t been fired yet, but “A TSA spokeswoman said the federal agency is moving to fire him.”

Prosecutors in court Wednesday said a 48-year-old woman put the cash in her suitcase and checked the bag as she took a flight on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in mid-November. When she arrived at her undisclosed destination, she realized the money was missing.

Prosecutors said that agent Velazquez was caught on surveillance video going through the woman’s suitcase. He allegedly found the cash, stashed it in a garbage can, and later retrieved it and put it in his own backpack.

. . . Prosecutors did not explain in court why Velazquez was not arrested sooner.

And before people start chiming in blaming the woman for putting cash in her checked luggage, please remember that TSA agents also steal from people’s carry-ons. We have documented this many times.

You can click the tag “theft” below, or do a search in the search box in the upper lefthand corner of this page to see other stories about TSA theft over the years.