A holiday weekend heist at John F. Kennedy Airport sprung a leak, according to authorities.
Two employees at an airport cargo warehouse were charged this week for allegedly pilfering nearly $90,000 worth of electronic devices, prosecutors announced Friday.
Cops busted Brooklyn residents Kason Alexander, 32, and Akanni Martin, 39, on May 23 in Brooklyn after officers spotted Alexander urinating on the sidewalk in the vicinity of East 57th Street and Avenue D.
When an officer approached Alexander and Martin as they entered a nearby parked car, the officer reportedly noticed two wooden crates in the rear seat.
Upon further investigation, the crates were found to contain 127 digital memory cards, 36 camera lenses, 52 Nikon cameras and 15 camera accessories. Additionally, officers found 100 Amazon Kindle tablets from another vehicle Alexander owned that was searched as part of the investigation.
Alexander and Martin were booked on second-degree charges of grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property and face up to 15 years behind bars if convicted, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.
“The two men were trusted employees at Kennedy Airport, but they are now accused of helping themselves to nearly $100,000 worth of electronic merchandise,” Brown said. “The defendants now face the prospect of being locked behind bars for this brazen act.”
The suspects were released without bail following arraignment on May 25 in Queens Criminal Court and ordered to return to court on July 13.