Airport employee lifted more than luggage

Airport employee lifted more than luggage

Lidia Dinkova

Nelson Santiago, 30, of Hollywood.
Courtesy of Broward Sheriff’s Office

Nelson Santiago, 30, of Hollywood.

Police have arrested a Transportation Security Administration employee who stole about $50,000 worth of electronics from travelers’ luggage at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Nelson Santiago, 30, of Hollywood, was arrested after an employee with Continental Airlines saw him slip an I-Pad computer out of a suitcase and into his pants on Monday, said Dani Moschella, spokeswoman for Broward Sheriff’s Office.
Santiago has been charged with two counts of grand theft. He was released from jail on Tuesday, according to a report released on Thursday.
An investigation by detectives lead them to find Santiago responsible for a string of similar thefts during the past six months.
He told investigators he stole computers, GPS devices and video cameras from suitcases he was screening during his shift at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport’s Terminal 1. The terminal houses Continental and Southwest airlines.

Santiago would immediately take a photo of the stolen item with his cell phone, post it for sale online and often sell it by the time his shift ended.
The 30-year-old man has been a Transportation Security Administration officer since January 2009, but he does not work for the agency any more.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation with the Transportation Security Administration.
More charges on Santiago are pending.
Anyone who believes they may have been a victim of theft at the airport can report information to BSO Det. Michael Sweeney at 954-359-6417 or report information about the investigation anonymously to Crime Stoppers of Broward County at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at

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