Who is Diego Sebastian Radio? American Airlines flier STEALS $10,000 cash, 2 credit cards mid-flight
Diego Sebastian Radio, an American Airlines flier traveling from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Miami, Florida was arrested after he stole more than $10,000 in cash, plus two credit cards and other belongings of two travelers sitting next to him, according to an unsealed federal complaint. Diego Sebastian Radio was arrested by US Customs and Border Protection officers on theft charges when AA flight 900 landed at Miami International Airport on Tuesday, July 5, the filing stated.
Members of the flight crew told investigators that they had observed “suspicious behavior” by Radio, and during the nine-and-a-half-hour flight from Argentina’s capital, Radio “repeatedly walked up and down the airplane aisle,” had been sitting “for a period of time” in a seat that wasn’t his, and was spotted holding “what appeared to be a female wallet", Daily Beast reported.
Upon suspicion, the crew reported the suspect to authorities on the ground, and CBP officers reported to the flight's arrival gate at Miami airport to interview Radio, the victims, and members of the flight who witnessed the activity related to the theft. Radio received a pat on landing and flight crew members were interviewed as they landed in Miami.
Cops searched Radio’s backpack, where they say they discovered $10,732 in US currency and 14,320 in Argentine Pesos, or about $110, along with the two cards, which were reportedly in one of the victims’ names. CBP officers also found Radio's wallet and passport folder in the backpack, which contained approximately $3,013 and $1,000 in US currency. Upon interviewing, the first victim confirmed to the investigators that all the currency in her wallet had been taken, approximately $10,022 in US currency and 13,800 in Argentina Peso. Moreover, the first victim was also able to identify three US bills because of the unique stamp on them, the complaint file stated.
Victim two stated told the investigators that her wallet had been unzippered and that it was missing two credit cards and all the currency which was approximately $710 in US currency and 520 in Argentina Peso. After the arrest, Radio was charged with theft.
Earlier in June this year, a man named Michael Lowe filed a lawsuit against American Airlines after the airline wrongly accused him of theft. The incident happened back in May 2020 when the Airlines wrongly accused Lowe for shoplifting. Lowe got to know about the accusation 14 months after the incident at a party where everybody's information was taken by the police. And, when officers pulled up Lowe’s information, they saw the outstanding warrants, and he was arrested… for a crime he had never even heard of. Lowe had to spend 17 days in jail to clear himself from all the charges. Upon his release from the jail he filed lawsuit against the airlines.