Two Nabbed  in High-Stakes JFK Heist

Two Nabbed in High-Stakes JFK Heist

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Thorpe and Okon are charged with swiping the bag full of cash from JFK Airport.

By Michael V. Cusenza

Two men have been charged with swiping a bag containing more than $258,205 in bulk cash from John F. Kennedy International Airport, according to federal prosecutors.

Quincy Thorpe, 40, of Brooklyn, was arraigned on Thursday; and Emmanuel Asuquo Okon, 33, of Springfield Gardens, was arraigned on Monday. Both were released after each posted $80,000 bond.

According to the criminal complaint, on Tuesday, Sept. 24, a security company transported in an armored vehicle eight bags, which contained bulk cash in United States and foreign currency, from a facility at JFK Airport. Employees of a separate company authorized to operate at JFK Airport brought the eight bags to a Delta Airways aircraft located at Gate C-70. There, Thorpe, an employee of Delta Ground Services, scanned and loaded bags into Delta Airways Flight 1225, bound for Miami, Fla.

Security surveillance allegedly shows Thorpe scanning and loading some of the eight bags onto Flight 1225—except the stolen bag. Thorpe then allegedly moved the high-value parcel to a Delta van. Thorpe allegedly was later seen on surveillance footage hopping into said van. The Delta vehicle then left the airport secured area of operations and proceeded to another unsecured area of the JFK. Between 9 and 9:30 a.m., a blue Nissan Sentra, allegedly driven by Okon, arrived and pulled up behind the van. Approximately two minutes later, both vehicles exited the lot and drove in separate directions.

On Sunday, Sept 29, law enforcement officials searched the Sentra and found an envelope containing a transfer manifest belonging to the security company and a Delta Air Waybill for Flight 1225.

 

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