Skip to comments.Air France attendant held for robbing passengers
Posted on 07/20/2010 8:51:11 PM PDT by rawhide
PARIS (Reuters) - French police have arrested an Air France stewardess on suspicion of stealing thousands of euros in cash, cards and jewelry as passengers slept on long haul flights, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.
Police investigating thefts over several months on flights between France and the Far East picked up the 47-year old attendant identified as Lucie R. after she landed from Tokyo on Friday, Le Figaro said.
"Her bank accounts showed an absurd gap between her lifestyle and her declared income," the newspaper quoted a police investigator as saying.
Police launched an investigation in January after about 4,000 euros' ($5,170) was stolen from five passengers. The robber took advantage of sleeping passengers, taking euros, yen, and Swiss francs as well as watches, jewels, credit cards and even cheque books.
According to the newspaper, the woman, who worked mainly in business class, began her spree in March 2009 to ease financial problems and has confessed to 26 thefts.
"The Japanese were ideal prey because they travel with lots of cash -- euros and yen -- instead of paying with credit cards," a police source said.
Police found travelers' cheques, blank cheques and bank card numbers at her home, the newspaper said.
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Charging $8.00 for a drink IS robbery!
I’m still surprised they don’t charge you for using the airplane bathroom. Get you on the other end, too.
Well, what’s IN the drink??;)
Too bad. The first class cabin on an intercontinental Air France flight is a pretty nice place to be.
I’m shocked they used the term Stewardess. I thought we needed to use the gender neutral Flight Attendant.
Two bucks to go in, five bucks to get out...
Some things never change...Frenchmen were notorious for robbing American tourists after the war.
You think you’re joking, but a European airline was seriously considering this idea.
It was stupid of her to place the stolen money in her bank accounts.
She should have just stashed it in her home.
Most criminals are dumb; it makes a police officer’s job a bit easier.
Yep, Ryanair. They have asked Boeing to look into it.
Yeah, and now they won't even take cash. I've flown USAIR, Continental, Lufthansa and Singapore so far this year and they are credit card only for on plane purchases.
I don't know, but last time I woke up in Memphis, pantless and handcuffed to the bed.
And she never called back.