Frenchman arrested for stealing cash from cargo hold during Caribbean flight

POSTED: 03/30/11 12:55 PM

St. Maarten (AP) – A man suspected of stealing thousands of dollars (euro) from the cargo hold of a plane in flight has been arrested in Dutch St. Maarten and extradited to a nearby French island of Guadeloupe to face charges, a prosecutor said Tuesday.
“The suspect, a 48-year-old French citizen, was arrested outside a hotel without incident, and police allegedly found 10, 000 euro ($14, 000 dollars) from the theft in his car,” Prosecutor Bart den Hartigh said.

The suspect’s name was not released. He is accused of breaking into the cargo hold of an Air Antilles Express plane this month on a flight from the French island of Guadeloupe to St. Maarten. He allegedly removed wall panels in the bathroom to get at the cash shipment. He allegedly took more than 170, 000 euro ($230, 000 dollars).

 

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