Last updated: 01:45 PM ET, Wed March 25 2015

Newark Airport Employee Arrested for Stealing Cash from Passenger’s Wallet

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | March 25, 2015

Newark Airport Employee Arrested for Stealing Cash from Passenger’s Wallet

Photo courtesy of NY/NJ Port Authority

There are security checkpoints all over airports put in place for the safety of travelers, but one employee at Newark Liberty International Airport took it upon himself to allegedly steal money from a passenger’s wallet during the screening process.

According to Steve Strunsky of, a United Airlines worker named Joseph A. Bruno reportedly stole $576 in cash from a wallet a passenger left in a tray to be x-rayed. When the victim picked his wallet back up after the process, he realized the money was missing and reported the incident to the Port Authority Police Department.

After reviewing footage of the victim’s turn through the checkpoint and identifying the possible perpetrator, police located Bruno and placed him under arrest. The authorities found him away from the area of the robbery and he was immediately stripped of his airport security ID, according to PAPD spokesman Joe Pentangelo.

United Airlines spokesman Charles Hobart told, “We hold our employees to the highest standards and have zero tolerance for any theft. We are assisting the Port Authority Police Department in this investigation and this employee has been held out of service.”

The security at Newark Liberty International Airport is handled by the Transportation Security Administration, and all passengers and employees of the facility must go through the screening process when entering. It was reportedly unclear how Bruno managed to steal the money and what his exact job title was at the airport.

Fortunately for the victim, the money was recovered, returned to him by police and he continued on his trip. On the other hand, Bruno is likely in serious trouble.

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