A Queens man has been arrested after stealing award-winning singer-songwriter John Legend’s luggage at Kennedy Airport, prosecutors said Friday.
Legend had just arrived from France Thursday when his Louis Vuitton bag was swiped from a luggage cart, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said in a statement. The belongings included clothes and a pair of Cartier cuff links worth $25,000, prosecutors said.
Security footage allegedly showed Agustin Hilario, 63, of Corona, in Terminal 4, “approaching the cart and pushing it away from the area before removing the Louis Vuitton bag and leaving the scene,” Brown said in a news release.
According to the complaint, Hilario was identified by a Port Authority police officer who recognized the defendant because he is known to frequent the airport.
The officer contacted Hilario, who allegedly told him, “I know I should not have taken it. I made a mistake.” The defendant also told the officer he had planned to take the bag to the lost and found, prosecutors said.
Hilario returned the bag and its contents to police, who gave them back to Legend, according to prosecutors.
Hilario was awaiting arraignment Friday afternoon in Queens Criminal Court on charges of third-degree grand larceny, third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, and third-degree attempted grand larceny, prosecutors said.
The defendant faces up to 7 years in prison if convicted, according to Brown’s office.
Prosecutors said that Legend, a Grammy and Academy Award-winning artist, was exiting Terminal 4 when “his black Louis Vuitton carry-on bag was momentarily left unattended on a luggage cart. When someone went to retrieve the bag, it was gone.”