Angel Velazquez, 59, is accused of stealing $8500 from a woman’s luggage at O’Hare International Airport.
Prosecutors in court Wednesday said a 48-year-old woman put the cash in her suitcase and checked the bag as she took a flight on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in mid-November. When she arrived at her undisclosed destination, she realized the money was missing.
Prosecutors said that agent Velazquez was caught on surveillance video going through the woman’s suitcase. He allegedly found the cash, stashed it in a garbage can and later retrieved it and put it in his own backpack.
This is yet another warning that if you are going to carry that much cash, or any valuables, with you when you fly, keep it with you. DO NOT check it in your luggage. You can’t watch the bag and you have no control over the sticky fingers that are going to search your bag. If you have it with you, you will know immediately if it’s been tampered with because the TSA does that too.
The TSA released their usual statement that they don’t tolerate theft, but this time added that they were moving to fire Velazquez.