"Toilet Thief" Pockets Almost a Quarter Million Dollars

There are countless ways that someone can unobtrusively pull off a heist; but sneaking cash out through an in-flight bathroom is not something that usually springs to mind. We’re not sure how the man came up with his master plan, but he effectively stole about $238,000 from a Brink’s security employee in the period of 40 minutes without ever leaving the restroom. Or so it appeared at first…

The story goes that a man was complaining of feeling ill throughout a flight from the French island of Guadeloupe to the Franco-Dutch island of Saint Martin, and spent most of the time in the bathroom. When the airplane was about to land, the man asked for an ambulance to be called, which allowed him to skip the security checkpoint to get medical attention. But as soon as he got out of the airport he miraculously felt better and quickly disappeared.

Now, when we turn back to the Brink’s employee, he was about a quarter million dollars short from when he boarded the flight, but none the wiser in how this was possible, as the money was locked up in a secure cargo hold beneath the cabin.  After this mysterious disappearance was discovered, the airplane cleaners reported that they had found bundles of cash in the bathroom, evidence that panels leading to the rear cargo of the plane had been removed.

In the end, the story of the toilet thief was solved, but the man still remains at large. Since the passenger had to have his name and passport recorded when boarding the plane, it shouldn’t be hard to locate him, unless he decided to try to keep that money and start a new life under a new name.

(Via Yahoo) / (Image by Mai Le, licensed under Creative Commons)

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