Man, two others caught stealing aboard Arik Air
19 May 2017 News
An elderly man and his accomplices were caught on an Arik Air flight on Friday for stealing from passengers on board.
A member of the crew said they had always experienced such issue, which had made them to be on the lookout for culprits.
The crew member said, “The man came with a black briefcase. We are always on the lookout for these people because, whenever they come in, they put their bags beside the target’s bag and sit elsewhere.
“This category of people travel in groups and sit at different positions; so, I’m not surprised there were three suspects in this instance.”
He explained that usually, when the thieves notice that everyone is relaxed, they go to the bags and pick whatever they want to steal, and put it inside the empty bag they brought on board. That was exactly what happened this morning.
“My crew didn’t say anything until the man picked the money and put it in his bag and changed the location of the bag.
“He went to the back, opened it, picked up the money and kept it in his own bag, then sat down.
“I was surprised when he denied ownership of the (now) empty bag. When we opened the bag, the only thing inside was a pair of slippers.
“However, when we searched further, we found the cash he took this morning. It was two envelopes full of money, and some scattered cash of about N80,000 – N100,000.
“He has been handed over to the Police.”