Contortionist hid in bag to raid luggage on bus
Published 10/06/2011 | 05:00
A man was 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, police said yesterday.
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, the police official said on condition of anonymity because of department rules.
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 100km 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 riders who reported items stolen from their baggage.