Thieving TSA Agent Arrested After Stuffing Stolen iPad Down His Pants

Thieving TSA Agent Arrested After Stuffing Stolen iPad Down His Pants

A rogue TSA Agent who stole more than $50,000 worth of property has been fired and arrested after he was caught trying to shove an iPad down his pants.

The thief was named Nelson Santiago, and he had been working for the TSA since 2009. During that time, he racked up fifty grand worth of stolen electronics from passengers traveling through Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport’s Terminal 1. If you’ve traveled through there and had something go missing, chances are he stole it.

After being arrested Monday on two counts of grand theft, police say Santiago admitted to stealing computers, GPS devices, video cameras, and other electronic merchandise from luggage he was supposed to be screening.

The cops say Santiago would immediately take pictures of his new goods and upload the photos online to sell the stuff.

Santiago would typically sell the stolen goods to people before his shift was even over, police say.

Boy, and I thought the worst that could happen on a domestic flight was having my junk groped and naked photographs taken of me. Who knew my iPad could have gotten stolen too. Thanks for protecting the friendly skies, TSA!

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  • Tallest_Skil

    Screw everything about the TSA.

  • Silent Phart

    He’s clearly only qualified to work a dead-end job such as luggage screening, so I guess that’s his reasoning for abusing his access to other people’s possessions and stealing whatever he pleased.  I hope he gets the maximum sentence allowed for grand theft, so that it serves as an example for his colleagues.

    BTW if the TSA is supposedly protecting us from bad guys, then who is protecting us from the TSA?

  • Iphoneication

    i thought the TSA like made good money? am i wrong, thought they could afford there own iPads

  • Andy Murdock

    How do we know that the TSA doesn’t have a terrorist or two working in their agency.
    If a thief can do his stealing for two years without being detected, what’s to stop one of them from bring a bomb or a bag of guns?

  • OMFGitsJUSTIN

    This is why ALL valuables are with me, all the time. In my carry on. I don’t trust me stuff with anyone else but me.

  • D

    Actually I think they can search carry-ons too now as well, wouldn’t be surprised, seeing as they can search and seize any Laptops they want now, so Carry-On or Luggage, don’t think it makes a big difference.

    Another negative point for the TSA. Wasn’t enough that they believed they had to lie about how much Radiation their machines released, wasn’t enough they failed 5/5 Tests people tried, now they’re stealing “In The Name Of Security” too.

  • ADVILL

    Very common case when you flight to Mexico City, the “security” officers use X ray to identify valuable items in luggage then they “inspect it” and stole what they want, you realized what happened back in your home.

    NEVER LEAVE VALUABLES ( ANY ELECTRONICS, JEWELLERY OR LEATHER CLOTHES) when travel to Mexico, everything in your hand baggage. 

  • JayeDee369

    They do search carry-ons but the person is right there watching so the screener doesn’t steal anything. I do the same thing, everything of value goes in the carry on. Now if you want to steal my boxers-first thing you need to do is seek therapy and then get arrested.

  • Soho22

    Yeah great thinking, lets scrap even more freedoms. You could hide a terrorist in your house, we should install cameras in every room.

  • Soho22

    Yeah great thinking, lets scrap even more freedoms. You could hide a terrorist in your house, we should install cameras in every room.

  • TylerHoj

    So, let it be known that I’m the only one who’s been through an airport a hundred times over and doesn’t give a crap about TSA. I’m not going to be stupid and let my very expensive “must-have” items away from my side. How about that. 

  • Flu Guy

    TSA is doing about as good as our government can do… normally you get what you pay for – but like I said… this is the government. What really chaps me is that over 50% of what’s in the hull of the aircraft is NOT checked. So why in the frig are we subject to x-rays and removing our shoes. It just doesn’t make any sense. TSA is not a joke… but close to it.

  • Flu Guy

    I think it’s that guy called Obama… he’s just destroying the country by spending trillions.

  • Dreamgrifter Films

    Actually, TSA is a joke.

  • Guest

    Agree, I don’t mind getting the new X-Ray scan of every spot on my body, like they could use my picture as an internet post…… ONLY if TSA was consistent in application of security of all possible threats.  They are random and based on which airport has the money and which one does not.  It looks all good from most of the flying public that TSA is creating a hard shield against terrorism, in reality a determined criminal could exploit the system with a little bit of hard work.  Unless the TSA and all airline security is 100% solid and adaptive, it is all a dog and pony show for the public….. the innocent people are the one’s being X-Ray’ed, searched and scanned.  What really is wrong with profiling?  Israel profiles… shouldn’t TSA figure out the risks and focus efforts on the risks?  Yes, TSA is a joke… This guy proves it.

  • JoViKe

    I bet people complained about these thefts over the last two years and nothing was done. 

  • JefCostello

    Why do we tolerate this crap? Why do we tolerate the TSA? We are sheep, and Obama and his socailist cronies have turned the TSA into a union! Great, just great and everyone wonders why the country is so fucked up. I can’t wait until all the leftists in silicon valley are forced to turn union, they’ll turn choice real fast. 

  • Frank Domburg

    I see everybody moaning – but if the guy stole it, at least it did not blow up mid-air. So he is a hero, taking all this dangerous stuff of people’s hands without any regards for his own personal safety. Only when he found that it was a false positive, he dared to send the goods on. give the man a medal, i say!

  • Bob Forsberg

    TSA =Troubled Stupid As#holes

  • Alana Perry

    I had my iPod touch stolen in Maui, Hi.  They set me up being a mom of two.  They conveniently  got my husband through quickly and then “had” to empty my entire backpack while my husband stepped ahead to gather our other things.  I was calming my two kids who were playing with their ukulele’s.  As soon as they knew I wasn’t paying attention they stole it.  Once I realized it was gone I was in route to South Carolina. I had it’s location devices on and called the TSA as soon as we landed.  They wanted me to go through a lot of hoops just to file a claim.  Considering the time and money being spent on the phone calls my husband insisted that it was a lost cause and bought me a new one.  (FYI: if you purchased your product with your Amex within 3 months and it is stolen they will replace it, but I think you’ll need the police report). It’s worth posting if we can bring attention to these losers that are taking advantage of us travelers trying to enjoy our family vacations!  

  • Noella Licandro

    Interesting considering apple just made their beta program http://bit.ly/oGml67 open to the public.

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