Newly released surveillance footage shows the moment two airport workers at a security point in the US allegedly stole at least $900 in cash and other items from unsuspecting passengers’ luggage.
Josue Gonzalez, 20, and Labarrius Williams, 33, were caught on camera as they allegedly rummaged through the bags of travellers waiting to go through the scanner at Checkpoint E at Miami International Airport in June, NY Post reports.
The TSA officers were arrested in July when enforcement officials began investigating claims of theft occurring at the checkpoint, NBC6 reported.
Video from the checkpoint shows the two accused thieves at the baggage drop-off section of the checkpoint as they worked together to take money from wallets and purses that passed them on the way to the X-ray machine.
At one point, the brazen pair stood next to each other appearing to talk while Mr Williams sneakily dug through a black bag, removing an item and leaving it in the bin until Mr Gonzalez moved the bin on the conveyor belt and pocketed the item, according to video obtained by NBC Miami.
Mr Gonzalez was later seen going through a Louis Vuitton bag, leaving the item in the bin until he was able to remove it further up in line.
The outlet reported that Mr Gonzalez and Mr Williams’ thefts included stealing $US600 ($930) from a passenger’s wallet.
The thefts occurred while the passengers were distracted with their own screenings and not paying attention to their items.
The two officers, along with their co-worker Elizabeth Fuster, 22, were arrested in July on charges they were involved in an organised scheme to defraud.
Ms Fuster and Mr Gonzalez confessed to “numerous thefts” from travellers, admitting to stealing an average of $US1000 ($1550) daily while working together.
Ms Fuster’s charge was dropped in August, while both Mr Gonzalez and Mr Williams have pleaded not guilty to the third-degree felony grand theft charges they face, according to Miami-Dade County court records viewed by The Post.
Mr Gonzalez entered a deferred prosecution program where, upon completion, he could have his charges dropped.
He will also have to pay $US700 ($1090) to the victims identified and complete 25 hours of community service while also giving up his airport credentials, according to the outlet.
Mr Williams, on the other hand, was not accepted into the program and will take his case to trial in October.
This article originally appeared on New York Post and was reproduced with permission