TSA agent accused of stealing from luggage, selling items online

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/mh-tsa-stolen-property-20120121,0,4029835.story

    Police arrested a Transportation Security Administration worker at Miami International Airport after investigators say he stuffed goods from passengers' luggage inside a hidden pocket of his work jacket.

    Michael Pujol, 33, was arrested Thursday after an iPad he is accused of stealing was traced to a Craigslist sale. He was charged with grand theft and dealing in stolen property. His wife, Betsy Pujol Salazar, also was arrested and faces the same charges.

    Pujol has been suspended from duty. The couple were released Friday on bond. A Feb. 17 trial date has been set.

    Read More: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/mh-tsa-stolen-property-20120121,0,4029835.story
     
  2. rwoman
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    Good reason to lock bags, right?? Of course, they have to be the TSA locks ... :confused:
     
  3. YULtide

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    Locks will only keep out honest people.
     
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    My point always have been that if somebody wants to steal something they will do it either way, lock or no lock :(
     
  5. YULtide

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    Exactly.
     
  6. Jimgotkp
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    So this is where our money goes to.... can't even feel safe when it comes to our checked luggage :rolleyes:
     
  7. LarryInNYC

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    If true, I hope they got lots of miles. . .
     
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    Historically MIA has been populated by a den of thieves.
     
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  9. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    Are there special penalties for government "law enforcement" officers who break the law while on duty? Would seem reasonable.

    Also, would the TSO -- if convicted -- be able to "opt" out of the enhanced pat down in prison?
     
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    LEO's do not do very well in prison.
    LEO's do not do very well in prison.
     
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    I suppose he could just argue that he's not really a LEO :)
     
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    I'm sure TSOs wouldn't do really well in prison either...they have a "stinking badge".
     
  13. TAHKUCT
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    and they used to be "officers" ;)
     
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    And from this article.......

    http://www.wsvn.com/news/articles/lo...#ixzz1k3I1nJ4g

    Now where have I heard this before? :rolleyes:
     
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  15. sobore
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    They do take swift action. The accused is immediately promoted to a TSA administrator so it can never happen again. :eek::D
     
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  16. Approx. 600 TSA agents have been caught stealing so far, and you can be sure that the situation is the same as with cockroaches: If you see/catch one, you can be sure that there are hundreds more in hiding.

    Talk show host Neil Boortz actually had his camera stolen right in front of his eyes at Atlanta, and you can be sure that even more goes on every day at checkpoints that is not noticed or caught at the time, and very little is actually being done to prevent it.

    http://www.boortz.com/weblogs/nealz-nuze/2011/may/31/dumbest-tsa-agent-ive-seen-and-crookedest/

    I find it laughable that anyone believes that these "keystone cops" are actually protecting the public in any way.
     
  17. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    Was there a follow-up to this story? I would like to know if/why this guy let the TSO get away with it. If the supervisor had refused to do anything, I'd have called 911 right then and there. As they say, there seems to be something missing in this story.
     
  18. gleff
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    "A few bad apples in any organization, which in no way reflects on the thousands of men and women working hard every day to secure our country."

    ;)
     
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    Wouldn't it be better to say, "A few good men and women in no way reflects on the thousands of bad apples working hard every day to steal your belongings and make your travel experience horrible" ;)
     
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    Or shouldn't It say - working hard enforcing inane procedures and policies in the mistaken belief that those policies and procedures secure our country.
     
  21. gleff
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    It's really shameful that people here don't care about security.

    Think about the children!!
     
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    TSA agent=Mall Cop
     
  23. gleff
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    Mall cops for the most part don't

    steal your stuff
    prevent you from boarding an aircraft (hinder your right to travel)
    feel you up or see you naked as a condition of travel
    cost you money (tax dollars and in price of ticket, vs at a mall you can choose to make store purchases or not, and before you say you can choose whether or not to fly tell that to the VIPR teams...)
     
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    True. Point is that you can get either job with a GED and a SSN.
     
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    Been seeing a lot of news lately of theft at the scanners, regular people, TSA and Airline employees. It is time to protect our belongings by not leaving them in plain sight going through scanners.
     

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