Friday, July 22, 2011

BREAKING: Los Angeles TSA Agent Charged with Theft

We're used to detesting the TSA for violating the 4th Amendment's prohibitions against searching citizens without probable cause. We don't like the naked x-ray scanners, and we don't like the gropings either. Well, apparently travelers at Los Angeles International Airport have another reason not to like the TSA: an agent working at LAX's Terminal 1 has been indicted by a federal grand jury for stealing valuables from luggage during searches.

Paul Yashou of Torrance was indicted on two felony and three misdemeanor accounts of theft after stealing four watches and a prepaid debit card from passenger bags as they went through security. The debit card was valued at $1,000, as were two of the watches; the other two watches, however, were worth $5,000 and $15,000. Yashou apparently sold the $15,000 watch to a jewelry store who then tried to sell it on eBay, where its original owner noticed it and tipped off authorities. If found guilty on all charges, Yashou could face as many as 23 years in prison.

Just another shining moment in the TSA's struggle against the forces of terrorism.

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