Buffalo Transit Cop Accused of Taking Home Confiscated TSA Items

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A transit police officer in western New York is being investigated after authorities found hundreds of items confiscated by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) airport screeners in his home.

The objects included tweezers, scissors, nail clippers and other items removed from passengers going through security at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) spokesman Douglas Hartmayer tells WGRZ-TV the TSA routinely turns over such confiscated items to the local authority to be trashed. The items found in the NFTA officer's home had been destined for a recycling plant to be destroyed.

It was unclear why anyone would want to keep the items, which the officer appears to have stopped collecting about two years ago.

Hartmayer says a family member tipped off police. He says it does not appear the officer planned to sell the items.

"We feel bad about it," Hartmayer tells the TV station of the agency's need to investigate one of its employees.

The officer, whose name was not disclosed, has not been charged and is still on duty while the investigation continues.

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