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JFK Airplane Cleaner Arrested for Theft

Impacting Travel | Michael Isenbek | April 26, 2015

JFK Airplane Cleaner Arrested for Theft

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An airplane cleaner working at John F. Kennedy International Airport was arrested, charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property after she allegedly stole almost $15,000 worth of contraband from grounded planes, according to NBC 4 New York.

Juanette Cullum was working for the aircraft cleaning service AirServ when she committed the thefts, and NBC got confirmation for the company that her employment “was terminated.” ABC 7 New York said that the cleaning service is tasked with tidying up American Airlines airplanes in Terminal 8.

American Airlines security was tipped off by a witness that the   the 48-year-old Brooklyn resident was stealing property at JFK, said a spokesman for Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police.

After interviewing Cullum, detectives conducted a search of her apartment and discovered 1,429 unopened bottles of liquor, seven iPads, two laptops, 19 Kindle tablets and toiletries.

ABC 7 New York reported that they were in fact mini bottles of liquor, commonly seen on commercial flights. They also said Cullum faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

Just this past December a baggage theft ring was busted at JFK. According to the NY Daily News, contractors stole, then resold electronics and jewelry taken from checked baggage over a period of two years.

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