Ex-Honolulu TSA screener accused of stealing cash

Published On: Jul 19 2013 11:12:22 AM HST
Updated On: Jul 19 2013 12:19:43 PM HST
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HONOLULU -

A former Honolulu airport screener charged with theft is denying she stole cash from a traveler's wallet.
    
Tracy Leanne Owens is accused of stealing less than $100 last month at a security screening line.  She is charged with fourth-degree theft and is scheduled to appear in court next week.
    
Owens said Friday she worked part-time for the Transportation Security Administration for five years and wouldn't have risked her job "for a measly $100."
    
The TSA confirms that she has since resigned.  Agency spokesman Nico Melendez says the TSA doesn't tolerate theft.
    
Owens says a Hawaiian Airlines passenger complained that money was taken from his wallet.
    
She acknowledged pleading no contest to theft in 1995 but says she was with a man who stole a purse at a restaurant.

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