Delta Airlines employee arrested after more than $250,000 cash goes missing at JFK Airport

The defendant was allegedly caught on tape swiping the bag of cash, which included both U.S. and foreign currency, the FBI said.

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By Jonathan Dienst and David K. Li

Police and FBI agents arrested a Delta Airlines employee on Thursday for allegedly stealing more than $250,000 cash in a theft caught on tape at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, prosecutors said.

The suspect, ramp agent Quincy Thorp, was picked up at his New York City home early Thursday morning by FBI agents and police officers for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He was released hours later on $80,000 bond.

The stolen cash, which totaled about $258,205 in U.S. and foreign currency, was in one of eight money bags that had been delivered to the airport on Tuesday by armored car, according to a criminal complaint written by FBI Special Agent Robert Carasiti.

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The money was supposed to have been flown to Miami aboard Delta Flight 1225 that day. It was discovered missing when it was not on the jet after it arrived.

"Security surveillance obtained from Delta shows an individual consistent with the appearance of the defendant Quincy Thorp scanning and loading some of the eight bags onto Flight 1225," according to the complaint.

"It also shows the defendant not scanning the stolen bag, but instead placing it into a container attached to a vehicle. The defendant left with the vehicle."

After making bail and leaving court, Thorp told reporters: "I'm innocent."

The money has not yet been recovered.

“The alleged actions of this employee are unacceptable and in no way reflect the professionalism and values we expect from Delta team members," Delta Airlines said in a statement.

"We are taking this situation very seriously and working directly with authorities on their investigation as well as conducting an internal investigation of our own.”