By Tina Terry
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Transportation Security Administration screener at Charlotte Douglas International Airport was arrested and fired after he was accused of stealing from a passenger.
According to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police report, the 52-year-old Reggie Edwards stole $36 from the victim’s suitcase. He was charged with larceny under $50
Passengers just hearing about the news were outraged.
“The employees are supposed to be protecting our land from future terrorist attacks, not stealing from fellow Americans,” said Jimmy Demopoulos
Edwards was fired for the incident and a TSA Spokesman said in a statement Sunday that “TSA does not tolerate theft and moved immediately to terminate this individual.”
Eyewitness News went to an address listed for Edwards on Sunday. A man answered the door and then slammed it shut.
About 380 TSA officers have been fired for theft between 2003 and 2012, but the agency said that number represents less than one half of one percent of officers that have been employed.