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NYDaily News reports:
Two TSA officers were busted Wednesday for stealing $40,000 from a bag at Kennedy Airport they thought belonged to a drug dealer, a law enforcement source said.
Under questioning, the pair also admitted swiping up to $160,000 from other unsuspecting passengers.
Rogue agents Davon Webb, 30, and Persad Coumar, 36, were busted after a sharp-eyed colleague blew the whistle.
They were charged with grand larceny, possession of stolen property, conspiracy and official misconduct. Each was held in lieu of $15,000 bail after their arraignment Wednesday night.
“TSA has a zero tolerance policy for theft in the workplace,” the Transportation Security Administration said.
“The disgraceful actions of a few should not reflect negatively on the … 50,000 TSA officers across the country who work each day to keep the traveling public safe.”
Coumar X-rayed luggage destined for an American Airlines flight to Argentina on Jan. 30. Then he phoned Webb, who was assigned to the baggage belt area. Webb confirmed there was cash inside, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.
Brown said Coumar found $170,000 wrapped in tape. He took $40,000 and met Webb in a bathroom, where the employees hid the loot in their clothing, Brown said.
A TSA agent tipped off a supervisor, triggering an investigation by Port Authority cops.
Cops found $16,000 at Webb’s Bronx home.
They also found $23,980 at Coumar’s Jackson Heights home. He had spent $20 on food, authorities said.
A law enforcement source said the details of the investigation will be forwarded to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The passenger who checked the bag arrived safely in Argentina and never told authorities he was missing any cash.
One source said most of the bags – aside from the $40,000 theft – were chosen randomly.
Another source said the duo targeted drug dealers because they didn’t think criminals would report the thefts.
Webb, who joined the TSA in 2004, and Coumar, who started in 2002, are expected to be fired, officials said.
One was found in the closet drinking wine.
Alexander Hernandez and Santos Padilla have been arrested for the breaking and entering of 50 Cent’s mansion in Connecticut. Both had marijuana in their possession when arrested and are being held on $50,000 bail. Hernandez paid his bail but was handed over to another police department who wants him for an outstanding warrant.
As we reported, 2 burglars broke into 50 Cent’s Connecticut Mansion and were caught hiding in the closet drinking wine, Well now TMZ reports:
The guys who were arrested inside 50 Cent’s Connecticut mega-mansion weren’t trying to steal anything — they just wanted to get hammered in the lap of luxury … at least that’s what they’re telling people.
TMZ spoke with the sister of Alexander Hernandez — the guy who was found drinking wine in Fiddy’s closet when cops arrived yesterday — who tells us Alexander is claiming he and the other suspect just wanted to “hang out” at 50′s place because they’re both huge fans.
She adds … Hernandez is claiming he never tried to steal anything from inside the house — they only wanted the “thrill” of getting inside.
As we previously reported, cops say both men were inside Fiddy’s pad — and in possession of weed — when police responded to the home.
Alexader’s sister also tells us family members are concerned about her brother — because he’s still in police custody and could possibly miss his newborn baby’s first Christmas.
Grammy-winning singer Rihanna’s Rated R will reportedly debut next week with estimated sales of around 200,000, based on one-day projections. While the numbers are still being calculated, RiRi is likely to debut behind reality television star Susan Boyle who is projected to move 600k First week.
That’s right, folks, the team of Barnett and Boyle, as in Columbia’s fearless leader Steve, will be #1 next week with a total that right now appears more than 600k and, dare we say it, could go even higher. Def Jam/IDJ’s Rihanna, whose new album Rated R has been getting stellar reviews in the L.A. and N.Y. Times and Rolling Stone, is on line for 180-200k. A couple of Cash Money/Universal Republic acts in Jay Sean and Birdman are the other new releases, both trending in the 30-35k range. (Hits Daily Double).