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Stewardess who stole from passengers

world Updated: Jul 21, 2010 23:46 IST

An air hostess is facing 10 years in prison in France after admitting stealing money, credit cards and jewellery from business class passengers as they slept on long-haul flights.

The 47-year-old Air France employee dubbed the “Mile High Pickpocket” was caught following complaints about missing money, credit cards and designer jewellery.

She would rifle through pockets and handbags, helping herself up to 3,700 pounds on one single flight.

“It would all go missing on the routes she was working on,” said a source close to investigators, who looked at 142 flights attended by the woman, who is married with children. “She knew that many of the passengers would fall asleep following a large meal and lots of alcohol. This is the time that she would start rifling through their property, helping herself to whatever she could find.”

The woman, identified as Lucie R, was arrested when she got off a Tokyo to Paris flight last week.

When confronted with the evidence against her, she confessed to 26 different thefts. She is currently in custody in Paris.