Florida flight attendant arrested in NY for stealing 700 pounds of coins intended for UNICEF

An American Airlines flight attendant has been arrested after 700 pounds of coins intended for UNICEF were found in his car at Kennedy International Airport.

A spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department said Wednesday 56-year-old Marco Costa was arrested Jan. 31 on possession of stolen property and other charges.

Joe Pentangelo says the Miami, Florida, man collected $2,900 in Euros, $1,800 in British pounds and $150 in U.S. coins from passengers as part of a charitable partnership with the United Nations children's agency.

He says bags holding the money in a car sagging low to the ground with expired plates were found in October.

UNICEF and the law group representing Costa didn't return messages.

A spokeswoman says the airline is working with investigators.