A passenger, Mr. Ovuironye Mathew Dennis, travelling on-board a 6.45am Aero flight on Monday was caught while stealing about N350, 000 from a luggage belonging to an Austrian, Novotny Anton, another passenger on the flight.
Dennis, 31 with 1.65 height as captured in his temporary driver’s licence and seating on flight seat No. 23C, was spotted by a member of the airline’s cabin crew when he removed the Austrian’s bag from the cockpit as if he was changing his seat.
Our correspondent, who was on-board the flight, said the suspect was also caught with a wrap of marijuana.
The suspect had removed the bag from the cockpit where the Austrian sat, took it to his own seat, giving the impression that he was changing his seat and stole a sum of N150, 000 and 500 Euros belonging to the Austrian.
But he ran out of luck when a female cabin crew raised alarm, asked him to remain seated while he was trying to return the bag to the overhead bin before the Austrian could suspect any foul play.
“While trying to return the bag I asked him to seat down. But he became uncomfortable before the plane landed and the white man raised alarm that he couldn’t find his bag,” she said.
Immediately the plane landed at the Abuja airport, the Austrian couldn’t find his bag and raised alarm, but the cabin crew member told him to check the bag with Dennis.
After the suspect was stripped naked, he told other angry passengers that he mistakenly took the bag in question for his own.
The Austrian later discovered that the sum of N150, 000 and 500 Euros had been taken from the bag.
Other passengers immediately descended on the thieving Dennis.
The money was later found on him alongside a wrap of marijuana.
The suspect told The Nation that he stole the money to take care of his ailing mother.