Police: Flight attendant stole from travelers

February 28, 2012 - 8:25 PM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Police at Newark Liberty International Airport say they've nabbed a sticky-fingered flight attendant.

Police say Jean Paulino lifted about $140 in cash and two driver's licenses from a couple going through a security checkpoint Tuesday.

Port Authority officials said Paulino was in a flight attendant uniform when he allegedly chatted with one of the travelers, waited until the other turned his back, then plucked the items off the X-ray machine. Authorities identified an airline they say he worked for but the airline says he did not.

Transportation Security Administration screeners notified Port Authority police, and they retrieved video footage that allegedly showed Paulino taking the money.

Paulino was arrested as he prepared to board a flight to Washington. He's charged with theft. It's not known if he's retained an attorney.