Airport Crime Watch
Crime Soaring At JFK
Statistics released by the Port Authority Police Department show that crime is soaring at JFK International Airport, and the criminals are rarely caught.
Larcenies increased nearly 30 percent at JFK from the first half of 2010, and the arrest rate is just 9 percent. Included in those statistics are thefts from luggage carousels, stolen property left unattended and thefts by baggage handlers and Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) workers.
The numbers do not include thefts from cars in airport parking lots, shoplifting and victims of pickpockets.
The report indicates the most frequently stolen items are laptops and iPods.
Airplane Cleaner Busted In 10G Theft
An airplane cleaner at JFK International Airport last month was arrested for allegedly swiping a suitcase owned by publishing magnate William J. Curtis containing $10,000 in cash and other undisclosed items valued at an equal amount.
Sources said Curtis accidentally left the suitcase on a Virgin Airlines jet after his arrival at JFK on July 25.
Acting on a tip, Port Authority police arrested Neville Rhooms, 58, a ramp worker from Queens in the theft.
Rhooms was charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property at his arraignment in Queens Criminal Court.
Cops said they seized $8,500, Curtis’ iPhone and two iPods from Rhooms’ home at the time of his arrest.