YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Two Port Authority police officers teamed up to collar a flight attendant caught on videotape taking a passenger’s money and driver’s licenses as they both passed through a security gate at Newark Airport this afternoon. He wasn’t hard to miss, police told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .
The passenger told an agent at the C1 security point in Terminal C that he turned his back for a moment after the bin containing his and his wife’s belongings emerged from the screening machine just after 12:30 this afternoon.
A money clip with $140 and both his and his wife’s driver’s licenses were missing, he said. The couple, in their mid 30s, was traveling with a small child.
Responding Port Authority Police Officer Susan McCall watched a videotape and saw the suspect put the cash and the licenses in his front pants pocket, authority spokesman Al Della Fave told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .
McCall immediately broadcast a description of the man — a flight attendant, in uniform, with a mohawk haircut.
Port Authority Police Officer Michael Depsee was working security at Gate 103 for a United flight to Washington Reagan International Airport when he spotted the attendant, who was assigned that flight.
McCall showed up moments later with the victim. He identified the attendant as being in front of him on the line on the security line.
Depsee found him carrying the money. He’d tossed the two licenses in a nearby trash can, Della Fave said.
Jean Paulino, 26, of Elizabeth was issued a summons for theft. He has a date in Newark Municipal Court upcoming.
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