TSA agent allegedly swipes $100 from traveler

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Officials arrested a Transportation Security Administration agent on Friday after he allegedly swiped cash from a passenger’s wallet at Los Angeles International Airport.

On Friday around 8 a.m. PT, airport police responded to a complaint after a passenger went through TSA security at LAX’s Terminal 5, airport spokesperson Albert Rodriguez told NBC News. The passenger had placed his wallet and other personal possessions in the TSA-provided bin, Rodriguez said.

After the security screening, the victim reportedly noticed that $100 was missing from his wallet, the Los Angeles Times reported.

After an initial investigation, airport police arrested a TSA agent, 47-year-old Clyde Reese, on suspicion of theft.

A TSA spokesperson told the Los Angeles Times that Reese will be removed from screening duties and could be fired, if wrongdoing is found.

“TSA holds its employees to the highest ethical standards and has a zero tolerance for theft,” Melendez told the newspaper.

The TSA did not immediately respond to NBC News’ request for further comment, since Monday was a federal holiday.

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