Skip to comments.Passenger crawls into airliner's cargo hold through the bathroom and steals $238,000
Posted on 03/06/2011 11:48:06 AM PST by Red Badger
A airplane passenger stole $238,000 during a flight in the Caribbean by sneaking into the cargo hold that was loaded with cash through the bathroom. The unnamed man complained of feeling unwell at the start of the flight and spent most of it in the bathroom. He was, in fact, removing panels separating the toilet and the cargo hold, according to reportsA Brink's security employee had placed three sacks of cash containing a tota $1.6million in the hold of the Air Antilles plane before it took off from the French island of Guadeloupe, Fox News reported The security guard took his seat on the ATR-42 turboprop plane to enjoy the flight Bbut when the flight landed on the Franco-Dutch island of Saint Martin 40 minutes ater it was discovered that $238,000 was missing Shortly before landing, the alleged thief, who was accompanied by a woman who appeared concerned about his health, asked a flight attendant for an ambulance to meet him on the tarmac, witnesses said. When the ambulance arrived, the man said he felt suddenly better and managed to walk out of the airport without having to go through the normal security checks police said. The woman traveling with him was questioned in the baggage arrival hall but did not have any of the missing money
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Give me $238,000 in cash and I’ll suddenly feel better as well.
Sounds like Hollywood, would be a good script.
That was one extraordinarily agile thief. Those airplane bathrooms are barely big enough to accomplish the necessary business!
Sounds like he got away with it.... so far.
"he said he'd split it with me"
He’s on an island, how far could he get?.......
Working in the thief's favor is that all the natives of this island look alike and that he is more than likely related to the Governor of the Island, or the next one.
What's frog for "inside job?"
Must have been an inside job to some degree for this guy to know the money was there.
I love it when a plan comes together brilliant heist i hope he gets away with it
Yep, the Brinks guy put $1.6m in there. The thief stole $238,000.
Fortunately, the police recovered the remaining $1,500.
Well, St. Martin is split into a French side and a Dutch side. I wonder if one side gives him immunity from the other.
Seriously, the airline has to know who he is. And the police on the island who she is.
My bet is that someone in security at the airport got a share to facilitate the ambulance--no, no ambulance please routine--and let him leave bypassing "the normal security checks".
The article makes it sound like the investigation ended when the woman didn't have any money on her. Well, right now she must know where he is.
Well, from now on, when you see passengers with blue skin coming off the plane, you'll know who has tried this.
A airplane passenger stole $238,000 during a flight in the Caribbean by sneaking into the cargo hold that was loaded with cash through the bathroom.
They normally load cash into the hold through the bathroom? Sounds inefficient.
Maybe it’s our tax dollars and one of our diligent, underpaid government workers was busy flushing it...as they always do with our hard-earned money.
Read the first sentence of this article. Apparently the writer was educated by a union teacher.
So what, they flushed the money down the toilet?
Reminds me of the geniuses who robbed a store on an island with only drawbridge access. Local officials went to the drawbridge and waited there for them show up.
Clever heist. Most criminals are nearly retarded
I hope your luggage gets stolen on your next flight!
Ingenious robbery but Brinks has superior resources and this crook will be nailed via his girlfriend within a week, a month at most. It is too embarrassing for Brinks not to capture him
what about a get away boat
I hope your cat poops in your bowl of cereal
Well, I guess the guy should get points for creativity!
It’s amazing, the s**t people will go through for money.
” I hope your cat poops in your cereal.”
THAT explains the Coco Puffs!
Yeah, and “A airplane” instead of “An airplane”?
I feel much better now.
Why not transfer the cash to his own suitcases in the cargo hold, then leave the airport like everyone else?
And this article is from a UK paper.
This would be dirty money.
To avoid customs? The report says he could skip security checks since he walked out from the place the ambulance arrived.