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Contortionist Luggage Thief Hid in Suitcase

5-foot-10 Contortionist described as 'very thin'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 9, 2011 1:27 PM CDT

(Newser) – A man was arrested in Spain after curling himself up inside a large suitcase that was placed in an airport bus cargo bay and sneaking out to steal from other people's luggage, police said today. The man arrested last week was 5-10 and very thin, and an accomplice was also arrested. The suspects were successful on several occasions before being caught, a police official said.

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The accomplice would place the contortionist thief—zipped up in a suitcase—inside the cargo bay of a bus running from the airport, board the bus, and then retrieve him at the end of the line. During the 60-mile ride, the man would slip out of the suitcase and use a sharp object to pick locks or open zippers to get into other people's luggage. Police were alerted by bus riders who reported items stolen from their baggage. (Read more Spain stories.)

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