This Day reports that an unnamed man has been arrested on Thursday, March, 10 for reportedly stealing N100,000 and an ATM card belonging to a female passenger.
The incident reportedly occurred on an Abuja-bound Aero Contractors Airline flight from Lagos and the victim is said to be a staff of a major bank.
An eyewitness stated that the suspect who was on Seat 19E, noticed that the female passenger had a similar bag as his, so he decided to put his beside the woman’s luggage in the overhead locker while the boarded passengers were identifying their seats.
The suspect had reportedly seen the woman, who was on Seat 16F, take some money from her bag and return it to the overhead locker, a situation which made him carry the woman’s bag instead of his own before returning to his seat.
A member of the cabin crew, who claimed to have witnessed all the drama while it lasted, decided not to reveal what was going on until the suspect successfully carried out his operation.
The unidentified man opened the woman’s bag, and after taking out the money, returned the bag to the overhead locker, at which point the young female cabin crew member had garnered enough facts to confront the man.
At first, the man was said to have picked offence at the accusal, noting that the bag he had taken something from was his, an action which some passengers attempted to defend, but the female cabin crew asked them to stay away from the happening.
The owner of the bag in contention was then called out by the crew member to check if she had anything missing from her bag. It was gathered after her search that she discovered the missing money and her ATM card.
In spite of the discovery, the suspect continued to deny stealing anything, but was later handled to the aviation security officials who came into the aircraft and arrested both parties in the criminal act.
The passengers involved were taken off the aircraft while the luggage belonging to the suspect was also removed from the aircraft, as the flight scheduled for 7am could not leave until about 7.30am.