Feb. 20, 2018 By Christian Murray
A 64-year-old Corona man was convicted today on charges relating to the theft of singer John Legend’s luggage at John F. Kennedy International Airport last year, according to the Queens District Attorney.
Agustin Hilario, who faces up to seven years in prison, swiped Legend’s Louis Vuitton bag after the Grammy Award winner left it unattended on a luggage cart upon returning from France on March 23, 2017.
Hilario—who was known by Port Authority police–was caught on security footage approaching the cart and grabbing the $3,000 designer bag. The bag contained clothing, Cartier cufflinks valued at between $25,000 and $30,000, and other personal items.
A Port Authority police officer recognized Hilario from the video footage and tried calling him on his mobile phone. When he couldn’t reach him, the officer called a friend of Hilario’s to tell him to bring the items back. He failed to return the bag at a designated time.
Hilario did ultimately return the bag to the Port Authority Police, who reunited Legend with his belongings.
Upon his arrest, Hilario stated, “I know I should not have taken it. I made a mistake.”
Hilario is scheduled to be sentenced on March 12, according to the District Attorney’s office.