A Republic Airways flight attendant from Florida was allegedly caught on surveillance footage pocketing jewelry at Washington National Airport. She has now been charged with grand larceny.
Flight Attendant Arrested, Charged For Jewelry Theft At DCA Security Checkpoint
The incident purportedly occurred on Monday, October 3, 2022. A post on the popular Washingtonian Problems account on Instagram shared the problem:
“My mom has [TSA] PreCheck and was at DCA this morning. They made her take off her jewelry at TSA and someone stole it! They ran the tapes and it was a freaking flight attendant!”
An update was later provided:
“Just heard they arrested her on the plane when she got back to DC from a Florida flight!”
Crime doesn’t pay, even in a city filled with criminal politicians, lobbyists, and other assorted undesirables.
Fox 5 Washington, DC reports that Rebecca Valley, 60, of Wesley Chapel, Florida, was indeed caught on tape stealing a bracelet set from an airport security checkpoint. She has now been charged with grand larceny, which can be classified as a misdemeanor or felony and punishable by a prison sentence of up to 20 years.
Flight attendants in the news for stealing from passengers may be rare but is not new. Four years ago, a passenger reached her destination, began to exit the aircraft, then realized she did not have her cell phone. She was not allowed back to her row, but a FA agreed to search for it while she waited outside the aircraft door.
The FA returned, stating she could not find it. Dejected, the passenger went home, likely concluding another passenger had stolen it.
But then something funny happened. About a week later pictures started appearing on her iCloud account (Apple’s cloud backup tool). And not just any pictures…but pictures of the FA!
Not the sharpest knife in the drawer…
Let this be a lesson to all of us that crime does not pay, but especailly not an airport. That’s like trying to steal chips at a casino. Look up! Look around! There are cameras everywhere and Valley is now facing a heap of trouble.
Speaking of odd theft, we’ll have a story up later today about a more recent and very curious case of a mobile phone theft on American Airlines. Stay tuned.