A 31-year-old man was at about 6:45am on Monday, June 15, 2015 caught stealing aboard an Aero flight bound to Abuja from Lagos State.
The suspect whose identity was withheld stole about N350,000 from a luggage of another passenger said to be an Austrian, Novotny Anton.
It was learnt that the suspect was caught in the act by one of the airline’s cabin crew when he removed the Austrian’s bag from the locker where it was kept as he was planning to change his seat.
According to an eyewitness, who was aboard the same aircraft, the suspect removed the bag from the locker where the Austrian sat and took it to seat 23C where he sat before he subsequently stole N150,000 and 500 Euros from it.
A female cabin crew was said to have called on the passenger to remain seated on his chair as he attempted to return the bag to the overhead locker.
On arrival in Abuja, the Austrian noticed his bag was missing and raised an alarm after which the female cabin crew member directed him to the suspect.
He later found out that N150,000 and 500 Euros was missing from the bag.
Aggrieved by his action, other passengers immediately descended on the suspect and the money was later found on him, alongside a wrap of marijuana.
The suspect was stripped naked, he told other angry passengers that he mistakenly took the bag in place of his own
Speaking after the incident, the spokesman of Aero Contractors, Mr. Simon Tumba, said the airline would issue an official statement on the incident later.