2017-03-29 / Front Page

John Legend Robbed Of $30K At JFK Airport

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced that a 63-year-old Corona man has been charged with grand larceny and other crimes for allegedly swiping a Louis Vuitton bag yesterday from a luggage cart at Kennedy Airport. The bag, which contained a pair of Cartier cufflinks, among other items, belongs to singer/songwriter John Legend, who had just returned to New York from France.

District Attorney Brown said, “The defendant is known to airport personnel, and was quickly identified through surveillance camera footage by Port Authority Police, who then contacted the defendant about the missing bag. The defendant allegedly admitted to taking the designer bag, claiming it had been left unattended. The defendant is now facing serious charges.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Agustin Hilario, 63, of 101st Street in Corona. The defendant is presently awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court on a complaint charging him with third-degree grand larceny, third-degree criminal possession of stolen property and third-degree attempted grand larceny. If convicted, Hilario faces up to 7 years in prison.

District Attorney Brown said that, according to the charges, Legend, the winner of an Academy Award and 10-time Grammy winning singer/songwriter, had just arrived from France on Thursday, March 23rd, and was exiting Terminal 4 when his black Louis Vuitton carry-on bag was momentarily left unattended on a luggage cart. When someone went to retrieve the bag, it was gone. Security footage allegedly showed Hilario approaching the cart and pushing it away from the area before removing the Louis Vuitton bag and leaving the scene.

According to the complaint, the District Attorney continued, Hilario was identified by a Port Authority police officer who recognized Hilario from the security camera images and contacted him. The defendant allegedly stated, “I know I should not have taken it. I made a mistake.” He is alleged to have also said that he’d planned to take the bag to the airport’s lost and found.

Legend’s bag contained articles of clothing and personal items, including a pair of Cartier panther head cufflinks with clear and green stones valued at $25,000. The Louis Vuitton bag alone is worth $3,000. The defendant did return the bag and its contents to Port Authority Police, who reunited Legend with his belongings.

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