Last updated: 03:54 PM ET, Thu April 30 2015

'Judge Judy' Plaintiff Charged with Grand Larceny on L.A.-New York Flight

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | April 30, 2015

'Judge Judy' Plaintiff Charged with Grand Larceny on L.A.-New York Flight

A recent participant on the popular courtroom television series "Judge Judy" may be looking at a recurring role after being arrested and charged with stealing an iPad, passport and bank card aboard a recent American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to New York. 

According to the Associated Press, 26-year-old Melissa Perez was on her way back to her native New York after making an appearance on the hit TV show when she was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport shortly after midnight Thursday. 

Perez has been charged with grand larceny and possession of stolen property, according to Joe Pentangelo, a spokesman for Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police.

The iPad, which belonged to a member of the flight crew, was discovered in Perez's carry-on bag, while the stolen passport and bank card that belonged to a passenger were found in her underwear during a search.

The items went missing mid-flight and prompted an announcement from the pilot requesting passengers to assist in the search for the crew member's missing tote bag. Ultimately, those onboard were able to trace the missing items back to Perez, who was met by the police upon landing. 

Compounding the situation, authorities found a prescription bottle on Perez containing roughly 10 grams of marijuana, according to NBC New York.

According to Pentangelo via the New York Daily News, Perez said she was a guest complaintant in her recent case, but lost. While it remains to be seen how her next legal battle will play out, it's clear she'll be participating on the other side as a defendant this time around. 

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