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Second NYC man charged in theft of $260,000 bag stolen at JFK Airport

2019-10-01

A second person has been arrested in connection with stealing a bag from a Delta Airlines plane that contained nearly $260,000 in cash, officials said Monday.

Emmanuel Asuquo Okon, 33, of Springfield Gardens, Queens, was charged with theft from an aircraft in Brooklyn Federal Court.

Okon was allegedly working in connection with Delta Airlines ramp worker Quincy Thorpe, who was busted by Port Authority police and federal authorities Sept. 25 for swiping the Miami-bound bag and charged with grand larceny. Both men were released on $80,000 bond.

According to the criminal complaint, Thorpe first came across the bag while scanning and loading luggage onto Delta Airways Flight 1225.

Instead of placing the bag on the plane, he put the item on a luggage trailer and drove away with the money, the complaint said.

The sly worker then took the bag into a Delta van, which drove to an airport parking lot, according to the document. Okon pulled up behind the van about 10 minutes later in a blue Nissan Sentra and the two vehicles exited the lot, the complaint said. The van later returned to Terminal 2 without Thorpe, who checked back into the same terminal separately using his security identification.

The stolen cash belonged to an armored car company, officials said. It was reported missing once the aircraft landed in Miami.