Shoplifter made to fly back from Pune to return bag stolen at Delhi’s IGI airport
The passenger was detained after landing at Pune and he admitted that he had stolen the bag from a store in T3 before boarding his flight. He was then made to go back to Delhi by the next flight to return the bag.Updated: Dec 20, 2017 08:21 IST
A private company executive thought he had managed to get away with shoplifting at Delhi airport.
But when he landed in Pune with a women’s bag he had stolen from a store a Delhi Terminal 3, security personnel were waiting for him.
The passenger was detained and he admitted that he stole the bag from a store in T3 before boarding his flight. He was then made to go back to Delhi by the next flight to return the bag.
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) was informed about the theft by the manager of the shop on December 10.
“We were told about the incident at 2.45pm that someone picked up a bag from the shop located in the domestic retail area of Terminal 3. The cost of the bag was around ₹7,000. We scanned the CCTV footage and traced the movement of that passenger. He picked the bag at 1.15am and proceeded for boarding. He boarded the Jet Airways flight for Pune at 2.15pm,” said a CISF officer, requesting anonymity.
The CISF got the phone number of passenger from airline’s manifesto and tried calling the passenger but could not connect as the flight was already airborne.
“In the meantime, we informed the CISF staff at Pune airport and shared his name and photo with them. The store manager lodged a complaint with Delhi Police. As the flight landed at Pune at 4.40pm, the passenger was immediately detained,” the CISF officer added.
During questioning the passenger admitted to the crime and was asked to go back to Delhi immediately. He booked for 8.15pm flight and reached Delhi by 10.30pm to return the bag.
“He was handed over to the police,” the CISF officer added.
The police, however, did not register any FIR as the store withdrew its complaint after getting the bag back.
First Published: Dec 19, 2017 10:30 IST