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Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013 10:30 am

Two Florida residents were arrested Monday after allegedly stealing money from the handbag of a Colombian tourist on a JFK-AirTrain platform.

Port Authority police said the incident took place at Delta Air Lines Terminal 4 shortly after 6 a.m. when the woman reported her bag missing.

Photo surveillance caught the two alleged thieves taking the bag, removing property and discarding the bag in an elevator. AirTrain personnel directed PAPD officers to Terminal 5, where Shael Torres, 31, above left, and Alexisandria Collazo, 29, were found with more than $2,100 in cash in their possession, the same amount reported missing.

They were charged with grand larceny and possession of stolen property.

Published reports say a Florida grand jury in 2010 cleared Torres in the shooting death of his uncle, ruling that Torres had acted in self-defense.

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