JetBlue Cleaner Arrested for Stealing Laptop Left on Plane

By Janon Fisher on September 4, 2013 7:20pm 

 A JetBlue employee was arrested for stealing a laptop from an empty plane on Sept. 4, 2013.
A JetBlue employee was arrested for stealing a laptop from an empty plane on Sept. 4, 2013.
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QUEENS — Port Authority cops busted a JetBlue janitor Wednesday after he swiped a flight attendant's laptop left on a plane, police said.

Roberto Sanchez, 50, a long-time employee of the airline, grabbed the $1500 Apple MacBook from the empty aircraft that had flown into JFK from Saint Martin on Aug. 20, cops said.

"She believed the laptop would be safe there and it was removed without her permission," Port Authority spokesman Joseph Pentangelo said.

The PA cops checked the manifest of people who had boarded the plane after it landed and conducted a three week investigation, he said.

"The laptop had a tracking device built in and, luckily, it was recovered by Port Authority police intact and the suspect admitted to the theft," Pentangelo said. He said that Sanchez also stole a credit card that still has not been found.

Sanchez, who was arrested Wednesday morning, not could immediately for comment.

 

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