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TSA agent charged after stealing laptop from passenger

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A TSA agent is facing charges after trying to steal a laptop from Memphis International Airport.

TSA agent Ricky German is charged with stealing a laptop computer from a passenger on December 20.  German was not fired or arrested until this week.

Chase Anderson, who now lives in New York, was home in Memphis for the holidays when he forgot his Macbook at Memphis International baggage claim.

"I got there and my laptop was gone," said Anderson.  "I went to file a police report while my brother went and checked the area.  He wound up talking to that TSA agents who said he had not seen a laptop.  It had not been turned in."

Police said German was seen on surveillance video taking the laptop from baggage claim and moving it upstairs to the ticketing area, where he was seen hiding it under a ticket counter.

When confronted, German denied having the computer.  When airport police told him about the surveillance evidence, the computer reappeared.

"Threw his jacket down on a bench, the laptop came out," said Anderson.  "He came up to me and said, 'are you the one that lost your laptop?  I found it.'  And handed it over."

TSA's Assistant Federal Security Director said, "any found property is to be turned in immediately."

"Even though they had him stealing on video, they could not or would not fire him unless I press charges," said Anderson.  "So until ... Wednesday, or yesterday, he was still working security."

Anderson said even though he got his computer back, he had no choice but to press charges in the interest of safety for every passenger.  

German was charged with theft of property over $1,000.  The laptop was valued at $1,200.

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