A contract worker who cleaned passenger planes at JFK has been arrested and
fired from her job on charges that she took nearly $15,000 worth of items from
the aircraft she serviced – including nearly 1,500 miniature liquor bottles.
AP reports that Juanette Cullum was arraigned on charges of grand larceny
and criminal possession of stolen property. AirServ, the aircraft cleaning and
ground services firm that had been her employer, confirmed her termination.
A police spokesman for Port Authority of New York and New Jersey – the
agency that runs the big 3 in New York – says the case was initiated when a
witness tipped off AA security officials that the 48 yr. old woman was stealing
property from planes at JFK.
Authorities say they then interviewed the suspect and searched her
apartment. They found 1,429 mini-bottles of unopened liquor, 7 iPads, 2
laptops, 19 Kindle tablets and a "large amount" of various
The woman's thefts appear to have spanned 3 years, authorities say. But her
motivation is unclear. Regarding
the more than 1,400
mini-bottles of booze, the
New York Post - citing unnamed police
sources - writes: "She wasn't selling the bottles but appeared to be
"The defendant was a contract employee at Kennedy Airport, who was
entrusted with cleaning planes. In addition, however, to tidying up the
aircraft the defendant allegedly helped herself to the mini bottles of alcohol
on board," said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
If convicted, Cullum faces up to 7 years in prison.