American musician John Roger Stevens, popularly known by his stage name John Legend, had his luggage stolen at JFK airport while traveling home from a family holiday to Morocco.
Reports say that John who was with wife Chrissy Teigen, had his bag, with contents worth an estimated $31,000 stolen by a NYC man after the bag appeared to be unattended.
John arrived at JFK where a Delta greeter mistakenly left his bag on the luggage cart leading to someone grabbing the bag while it was left unattended. The bad was reported to have contained a pair of Cartier panther cuff links with clear and green clones, valued $25,000, clothes and a pair of eyeglasses valued at $1000, while the bag itself is said to cost about $3000.
Later, John took to Twitter to tweet, “This story is untrue,” linking to a TMZ report of the story. “We use a trusted car service and they did not rob me. Our Delta greeter made a mistake and left a bag on the cart. …The bag was taken because it was left unattended. The airport police caught the person who took it (on video) and retrieved my bag.”
Although it is uncertain if the thief knew he was stealing John Legend’s luggage, District Attorney Richard Brown backed Legend’s version of the story, claiming the bag was stolen from the singer’s luggage cart, according to WABC. Thankfully, the police were able to spot the culprit through a surveillance video and leading to the recovery of John’s luggage.
The police identified the thief as John’s livery driver Hilario, but John said that was not the case. It turned out that Hilario is a livery driver who has had multiple problems with the law at JFK airport.
Although he reportedly claimed he was returning the bag to the airport’s lost-and-found, he has since been charged with third-degree grand larceny, third-degree criminal possession of stolen property and third-degree attempted grand larceny.