A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employee has been arrested for allegedly stealing items from passenger luggage at Los Angeles International Airport, police said.
Paul Yashou, 37, was arrested for burglary June 23 by members of a Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and Los Angeles World Airports Police joint crime task force, an LAPD spokesperson said.
The LAX Crime Task Force had begun an investigation in early June into thefts from luggage occurring at an LAX terminal, police said.
The crime task force, working in conjunction with TSA at the airport, developed information that identified Yashou as a primary suspect, police said.
His bail has been set at $20,000.
Following the arrest, TSA officials reiterated the agency’s policy against any thefts involving employees.
“TSA has a zero tolerance for theft and will work with authorities to hold our employees accountable,” said Randy Parsons, the TSA federal security director at LAX. “TSA will assist in prosecuting any employee caught violating the public trust to the fullest extent of the law.”