Airport Crime Watch
Employee Busted In Cash Grab
FBI agents last month arrested an airport employee who swiped $20,000 in cash from a computer bag left in a baggage cart at JFK Airport, officials said.
A family returning last month from Pakistan used the cart to move their belongings to an airport parking lot, but left the case stuffed with cash behind, an FBI spokesperson said.
Employee Rajendrannauth Ramsahai, 58, who gathers carts left by passengers, was caught on surveillance video rifling through the bag, the spokesperson said.
Ramsahai later failed a polygraph test administered by FBI agents and confessed to swiping only $600 from the bag, the spokesperson said.
Port Authority police arrested Ramsahai and charged him with grand larceny and other related counts.
A rapper from Georgia was arrested last month while trying to get through security at LaGuardia Airport with a set of brass knuckles.
TSA agents at the Delta terminal last month arrested Tauheed Epps, 34, also known as “2 Chainz” police sources said.
Epps was trying to board a flight to Raleigh, North Carolina for a performance when screeners spotted the weapon in his carry-on luggage, police sources said.
Epps was charged with weapons possession at his arraignment at Queens Criminal Court.
Port Authority police last month detained a passenger at JFK Airport after security agents discovered an eight-inch knife in his shoe during the routine X-ray screening, authorities said.
The weapon, which had a four-inch blade, was confiscated and TSA officers alerted the Port Authority police, authorities said.
After interviewing the unidentified man, authorities issued him a summons and set him free.
The man was able to catch a later flight to Buffalo, authorities said.
Coke Smuggler Busted
Federal agents said there was a reason why passenger Tomas Sykorn’s luggage weighed so much when he passed through security at JFK Airport last month.
Sykorn’s sneakers, deodorant, nail polish and buttons were filled with cocaine, an FBI spokesperson said.
Sykorn, 26, of the Netherlands, was arrested and charged with importing a controlled substance.
An FBI spokesperson said airport security agents pulled Sykorn’s suitcase for inspection by airport security agents who noticed a strong smell emanating from the bag. The security agents became more suspicious when Sykorn appeared very nervous during the inspection, the spokesperson said.
The bag contained 16 markers, 17 roll-on deodorant sticks, 24 nail polish bottles and 684 buttons containing cocaine, authorities said.
Sykorn is being held without bail on a detention order at the Metropolitan Detention Center, authorities said.