Man accused of stealing more than $10,000 from passengers on a flight from Argentina to Miami
MIAMI – A man has been arrested after he reportedly stole more than $10,000 in cash from passengers on an American Airlines flight from Argentina to Miami.
Diego Radio, 29, has been charged with theft of personal property worth more than $1,000 in special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States.
According to the criminal complaint, Radio stole $10,022 and some pesos from a passenger. The theft was discovered when a flight attendant noticed that Radio was acting suspiciously around the woman and asked her to check her belongings to see if anything was missing.
A passenger sitting behind the woman, hearing what was going on, also checked her belongings and found $710 in cash, some pesos and two credit cards missing.
As the plane landed, Border Patrol agents tapped down on Radio, 29, and checked his belongings. They found $10,732 in change corresponding to the amount of money the two passengers were missing, according to the criminal complaint.
According to reports, they also found two credit cards of one of the passengers in his jacket pocket.
During questioning, he admitted to stealing money along with a credit card and was taken into custody.