BARCELONA (AFP) – A flexible thief squeezed into a large suitcase and then emerged to plunder valuables from other bags while inside the luggage compartment of a Spanish airport bus, police say.
A thief hided into a large suitcase inside the luggage compartment of a Spanish airport bus, police say. (AP-Yonhap News)
The thief had a partner who would buy a bus ticket and place the suitcase in a bus from Girona airport to Barcelona in northeastern Spain, police said in a statement late Tuesday.
"Once the trip began, he would get out of the suitcase, search for valuable objects and hide them in a smaller bag he carried with him," regional Catalan police said.
The thief would then get back into the suitcase, to be reclaimed by his partner at the end of the 90-minute trip.
Alerted by the repeated thefts, police inspected a suspicious bag on the bus on June 3 and opened it up. "They saw there was a man doubled up almost like a contortionist," the statement said.
The man had a mobile phone, a small bag and a sharp object to open zips and locks, police said. Officers boarded the bus and detained the man who had left the suitcase in the luggage compartment.
新절도기술? 여행가방 안에 도둑이..
스페인의 한 남성이 가방에 들어가 짐칸에 들어간 뒤 절도 행각을 벌여 화제다.
지난 화요일 경찰 발표에 따르면, 두 남성이 역할을 나누어 한 명은 버스 표를 구입하여 승객으로 가장하고, 다른 한 명은 가방에 들어가 짐칸에 들어갔다.
현지 경찰관은 “버스가 출발하면, 그는 가방에서 나와 귀중품을 찾아 미리 준비한 작은 가방에 담았다”고 밝혔다.
약 90분 걸리는 버스 이동시간 안에 모든 절도 행위를 마친 뒤 다시 가방에 들어가 현장을 빠져나갈 수 있던 것이다.
하지만 반복되는 절도 신고로 수사에 나선 경찰이 수상한 가방을 적발하면서 범죄 행각은 끝이 났다.