By Victoria Merlino
This Brooklyn man should have expected some turbulence.
Eric Love, 51, was sentenced to up to three years in prison after he was caught stealing over $10,000 worth of high-end fragrances and Fitbits from stores inside John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The Crown Heights resident recycled previously purchased plane tickets to enter secure areas of the airport between January and April 2017 to get access to the shops.
“In pleading guilty, the defendant admitted to entering these shops with the sole purpose of stealing perfume and electronic devices. His multiple attempts - all of which were captured on video - resulted in the removal of thousands of dollars’ worth of stolen merchandise,” Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said in a statement.
Surveillance video captured Love stuffing a Nike rolling bag with $3,300 worth of Chanel, Tom Ford, Hugo Boss, Gucci and Dior fragrances.
Prosecutors said, Love returned to the store two more times to steal an additional $3,000 of cologne and perfume. He also used a burglar’s tool to remove 18 Fitbits—approximately $3,900 worth—from a display case at a Hudson Newsstand.
Love pleaded guilty to third-degree larceny in July, and agreed to pay $3,363. Acting Queens Supreme Court Justice Barry Kron sentenced Love to one and a half to three years in prison.