Former TSA Supervisor Admits Stealing Valuables from Luggage

A former supervisor for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has pleaded guilty to stealing $20,000 worth of jewelry and other valuables from passengers' checked bags.

The U.S. Attorney's office in Seattle says 50-year-old Randy Pepper entered the plea in U.S. District Court. The thefts occurred at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Pepper was fired in July 2009 after another TSA worker saw him in the act, removing items from the luggage he was charged with inspecting as part of his job. Surveillance video confirmed the thefts.

According to investigators, Pepper pawned the stolen items which included gold diamond rings and sterling silver necklaces and earrings.

He will be sentenced in November, and faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Photo, leonardjohnmatthews, flickr
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