18 JFK Airport employees arrested for stealing more than 100,000 items

Published On: Thursday, November 8, 11:45 AM
By: John Roberts
18 arrested JFK workers
Some travelers may have wondered where their stuff carried their luggage might have disappeared.

Authorities say the workers of New York's JFK Airport stole 100,000 mini bottles of liquor and duty free items, such as large bottles of liquor, perfume and cigarettes.

Eighteen employees were arrested this week on charges of theft and possession of stolen property.

Fifteen are current or former truck drivers of LSG Sky Chefs, an airline catering company owned by Lufthansa and serves as a
subcontractor of American Airlines. The other three are security guards.


The Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says they stole more than $750,000 of liquor and other items.

He says a search warrant at the home of a retired truck driver was presented with more than 500 garbage bags full of mini liquor bottles.

The arrests came after a five-month investigation called Operation Last Call.

John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York is one of the largest airports in the world.