HOLLY SPRINGS — A U.S. Transportation Security Administration supervisor lost her job at Raleigh-Durham International Airport last week after police charged her with stealing about $95 worth of items from a Wal-Mart in Holly Springs.
Kerene Helen Kimberly Mohammed of 108 Bright Shade Court in Holly Springs was charged with one count of larceny, Holly Springs Police Chief John Herring said Tuesday.
Herring said Mohammed was detained by loss prevention officers at a Wal-Mart on Thursday where perfume, a paring knife, three bottles of Naked fruit juice and a bandana were found in her possession, Herring said.
Police were called, and Mohammed was taken into custody after admitting to police that she had taken the items, Herring said.
Herring said she told officers she was a TSA employee at the time of her arrest.
John Allen, a public affairs manager with TSA in Atlanta, described Mohammed as a “former employee” of the agency, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security. Allen declined to say when Mohammed stopped working with the agency, but he said that she had been a “supervisory transportation security officer.”
In her position, Allen said, Mohammed did not have the authority to carry a firearm or arrest anyone.
TSA officials released a statement Tuesday that read in part: “TSA holds its employees to the highest ethical standards and expects all employees to conduct themselves with integrity and professionalism.”