A TSA agent was arrested this week after allegedly stealing a $1,000 watch from a passenger’s bag that was going through a security screening, officials confirmed Friday.

At about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, police say witnesses allegedly saw Daniel Ortiz, Jr., 39, remove the watch from a passenger’s bag during the screening process, and place it into his pocket. Ortiz, of Woodland Park, was on duty as a Transportation Security Administration officer at Newark Liberty International Airport at the time, police said.

Authorities recovered the silver watch – a Michele Deco worth about $1,000 – from the pants pocket of Ortiz’s uniform, Port Authority police spokesman Joseph Pentangelo confirmed.

He was arrested and is due in court in Elizabeth on March 2, authorities said.

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