Singer John Legend’s bag was snatched at New York JFK airport Thursday evening around 9 p.m. Initially it was erroneously reported to have been taken by a cab driver who was going to take Legend into the city, however that turned out to be false — unsurprisingly Legend had a pre-arranged driver.
His bag contained “a pair of Cartier Panther cuff links with clear and green stones, valued at $30k. The clothes inside were valued at $500, and there was a $500 pair of eyeglasses.”
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Legend tweeted an explanation of what happened. His Delta VIP Select services greeter left his bag unattended, and it was stolen.
Coming in from Paris he’d have arrived either on Air France flight 10 (7 p.m. scheduled arrival) or Air France 8 (which which touched down at 9:45 p.m.. Imprecision in celebrity gossip reporting on aviation incidents drives me nuts sometimes.
Since everything at an airport pretty much is caught on video, it wasn’t hard for Port Authority police to identify, track down, and arrest the suspect.
TSA at New York JFK should take a lesson from John Legend: report security problems right away, don’t try to hide them, and it’s possible to track down the issue.
(HT: Paul H.)