A former Transportation Safety Administration screener at Kennedy Airport has been arrested and charged with stealing a $7,000 diamond watch from a passenger last month, authorities said Friday.
Margo Grant-Louree, 41, of Brooklyn, is charged with third-degree grand larceny and official misconduct, according to court records.
She was released on her own recognizance following arraignment Thursday in Queens and is due back in court on Sept. 24. If convicted, she faces up to 7 years in prison, officials said.photosRecent NYC mug shotsSee alsoMajor NYC crime
"This kind of thievery will not be tolerated at our airports," Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said Friday in a statement.
The Port Authority, which operates the airport, said the victim was going through security in Terminal 7 on Aug. 26 when he placed his Diamond Master watch in a plastic bin at the screening checkpoint -- then walked off, leaving the watch behind. Video surveillance of the screening area showed Grant-Louree picking up the watch and walking off, officials said.
According to the complaint against Grant-Louree, said she admitted to "taking the timepiece and going into the bathroom with it."
When she returned, Grant-Louree found co-workers searching for the watch and she left the area again -- at which time she allegedly destroyed the watch. Soon after, she resigned from the TSA, officials said.
Grant-Louree was represented by a public defender who could not be reached for comment.