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Contortionist thief hid in suitcase

Published 09/06/2011 | 19:04

A man has been arrested in Spain after hiding in a suitcase in order to steal from other people's luggage
A man has been arrested in Spain after hiding in a suitcase in order to steal from other people's luggage

A man has been arrested in Spain after curling himself up inside a large suitcase that was placed in an airport bus cargo bay and sneaking out to steal from other people's luggage.

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The man arrested last week was 5ft 10in tall and very thin, a police official in the north-eastern Catalonia region said. An accomplice was also arrested.

The suspects were successful on several occasions before being caught, a police official said. The accomplice would place the contortionist thief inside the cargo bay of a bus running from the airport in the city of Girona south to Barcelona, board the bus and then retrieve him at the end of the line.

During the 60-mile ride, the man would slip out of the suitcase and use a sharp object to pick locks or open zippers to get into other people's luggage.

Police were alerted by bus passengers who reported items stolen from their baggage.

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