The cruise industry promotes the safety and security of cruising by telling the public that all luggage is carefully x-rayed before being loaded onto cruise ships.

Post 9/11, the concern that terrorists may target cruise ships led to the implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) code which requires that all cruise passenger baggage be subjected to x-ray machines to check for explosive devices.

Sounds comforting, right?  Maybe not.

It seems that two security officers at the Port of Miami operating the baggage x-ray machines were not looking for Port of Miami Security Guardsbombs or detonation devices. They were looking for stuff to steal.

According to the Miami New Times and Local NBC Channel 6, two security officers were involved in a scheme to steal electronic equipment from cruise ship passengers luggage and sell the stolen goods on Craigslist.

Jean Russell Thomas, age 30, and Sherece Renee Nelson, age 25, were arrested in the criminal operation. 

Earlier this month, a passenger from the Carnival Victory complained that that after checking her bags for departure, they did not arrive in her cabin. When the bags finally arrived, the woman’s iPad was missing. She notified police.

Security video showed security guard Thomas, working as an x-ray screener, handling a bag that had been removed from the belt. The police report said:

"The defendant is then observed standing up and adjusting an item in which he had placed into his pants (rear) underneath his shirt and then placing the bag back onto the belt where it would be transferred to the ship." 

Thomas later listed two iPads for sale on Craigslist. The iPads matched the description of the missing iPad as well as another iPad reported missing from luggage of another cruise passenger.  

Undercover police officers called Thomas and arranged to buy an iPad. Thomas showed up along with Nelson, who acted as a look out according to the newspapers.

Nelson was arrested for dealing in stolen property.

Thomas was arrested for grand theft, dealing in stolen goods and, this one cracks me up, driving with a suspended driver’s license (habitual).

Where did the cruise port find these dim whits to work as security guards?

 

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2 Responses to Port of Miami Security Guards Arrested for Stealing Cruise Passenger iPads

My I-Pad was stolen from my luggage on August 31, 2013. I was at the port of Miami to cruise on the Carnival Breeze. I reported to cruise line and they were unable to help me (they informed me that port workers are not employed by them). I have also filed a police report (on-line). I’m wondering if my I-Pad was the other one referenced in this article. I have my serial number for my I-Pad and my luggage is very distinct.

This same disgusting thievery is commonplace at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in NYC when it comes to lost & found property. The pubic must be aware of the crimes that are being committed against them when their lost property is stolen from the PABT’s Lost & Found Dept. by Port Authority Bus Terminal Supervisors. Google  “Donna Lebourne abc news.” & see the vile face of shame being confronted & exposed. Click on the link below.

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/investigators&id=9105280

Port Authority Supervisor Donna Lebourne has an outside job, she is the Vice President of her & her husband’s charity Caribbean Sports International that donates cellphones & other electronics. 

If you lost an item at the Port Authority Bus Terminal and did not get it back, contact her charity, perhaps she may donate your item back to you out of the kindness of her evil heart. By the way, wouldn’t that be a conflict of interest being that she supervises the Lost & Found Dept. at the Port Authority Bus Terminal? It is very easy to be charitable when you are giving away other peoples property.

http://www.corporationwiki.com/New-Jersey/Maplewood/caribbean-sports-international/85267222.aspx

It would be nice to see the Port Authority aggressively go after the criminals and their enablers that they employ who engage in these same disgraceful crimes and even worse criminal acts, i.e. the unconscionable and highly illegally procedure of throwing valid lost passports found at the PABT in the garbage, for anyone to find & use for their nefarious purpose in this age of global terrorism and rampant identity theft. 

Action must be taken against these corrupt incompetent criminals in the Port Authority by local, state or federal officials and/or agencies before another terrorist attack takes place & more innocent lives are lost due to their blatant utter disregard for our safety & security. Google “found, stolen, trashed by PA.” click on link.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/found_stolen_trashed_by_pa_V4RMICgPyy2bhAVzDkW9EL

No one should be above the law no matter who they work for.

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