Airline bag handler arrested for alleged $250K heist

Quincy Thorp, 40, a Delta baggage handler, was arrested as the FBI is on the hunt for a quarter of a million dollars stolen off an airplane tarmac.
1:59 | 09/27/19

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We are back with that missing money mystery. An airline baggage handler accused of swiping nearly gio Benitez is there at JFK airport. Gio, police think they have their man but still don't have the cash. Reporter: Yes, Cecilia, good morning. That's right because they say that money is missing in action right now. The man denies ever taking it, in fact, he says he doesn't even know where it is but investigators, they're not buying it. This morning the FBI is on the hunt for a quarter of a million dollars stolen off an airplane tarmac and say this man, quincy Thorpe, is responsible. Here's how federal authorities say it played out. On Tuesday an armored vehicle was delivering eight bags of cash to JFK airport to be flown to Miami. According to a police complaint, surveillance video allegedly shows Thorpe scanning most of the bags and loading them on to the plane except for one which the FBI alleges he placed into a container attached to a vehicle. The police complaint says he then drove off in that vehicle. Around the time of the theft police say Thorpe suddenly went home sick. The FBI arrived at his home the next day where he admitted to loading the bags and knowing they contained valuables but denied taking the money. He's denying it. They searched his home, hi car, they didn't find anything. Reporter: We've seen baggage handlers behaving badly before. In 2013 after a string of reported thefts, New York port authority police set up a sting operation placing cameras in the holes of planes catching handlers stealing cash right out of a passenger's wallet, credit cards too. Seven workers were charged. And in this latest case Thorpe has been released on bond but this morning delta says it is taking this very seriously. The airline has launched an internal investigation. Cecilia. Makes you think twice about checking a bag. Thanks, gio.

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