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Thief Steals from Cargo Cash Shipment by Breaking Through Airplane's Lavatory Wall

March 7, 2011 at 12:36 PM | by | ()

Not the same airplane lavatory, but close

This may just be the craziest airplane news we've heard since the whole Steven Slater incident. Are you sitting down? Okay, here goes: a dude, flying on a turboprop Air Antilles plane between the Caribbean islands of Guadelope and Saint Martin, managed to break into the plane's cargo hold through the wall of the airplane lavatory. Why? Oh because there was a cash shipment of 1.2 million Euros back there, 172,000 Euros of which he managed to make off with.

It's not like the money wasn't guarded; the Brinks security detail in charge of the shipment has to be seated in the plane's cabin, which he was. The thieving passenger made up the ruse of playing ill so that he could spend the majority of the 40-minute flight in the restroom, making the break-in, according to the AFP.

And...he escaped with the cash. Here's how:

Shortly before landing, the unnamed man -- who was travelling with a woman who appeared concerned about his health -- asked a hostess for an ambulance to meet him on the tarmac, witnesses said.

When the ambulance arrived, the man said he felt suddently better and walked out of the airport without having to go through the normal security checks and disappeared, police said.

When he was long gone, cleaners on board the plane noticed that the lavatory had some suspect bundles of cash lying about. They notified authorities, who managed to question the woman mentioned above, who was found to be clean of the money.

Way to go, airplane toilet thief man; you just pulled a successful heist. We doubt George Clooney will be starring as you in a movie ever, but surely this qualifies for the mile-high club? He did screw Brinks and the cash recipients...

[Photo: scurzuzu]

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