A Delta employee, Quincy Thorpe, was arrested at JFK International Airport after he was spotted taking a bag away from the loading area of the plane. The bag contained a quarter million dollars in cash. Authorities have surveillance video but have not released it to the public.
Eight bags were supposed to be loaded onto the plane headed to Miami—only seven of those bags were scanned and thereby registered to the flight. Thorpe’s identification was tagged to all seven scans.
Flight 1225 arrived in Miami one bag short, the security company handling the bags noticed one was missing at that time.
Thorpe called in sick on the two days after the theft. While being interviewed by the FBI in his home Thorpe admitted he had loaded the bags and that he knew they contained valuables. Delta has acknowledged that one of their employees was being investigated for the crime.
JFK International as seen heists before, most infamous was the Lufthansa heist in 1978 where criminals took one million in jewels and five million in cash by gunpoint from a cargo terminal.