Calling card: Hand luggage thief leaves evidence of his crime

2012-03-24 00:00

TWO Johannesburg men were lost for words when they discovered that the thief who stole cash and a GPS from their hand luggage had left behind evidence in the form of a flight schedule.

Rudie Stoop, a function planner from Johannesburg, flew on 1Time to Cape Town on Sunday for a wedding that he had helped to organise.

“We were a little late and were the last people to board the plane. They took our hand luggage to store in in the hold,” said Stoop yesterday. Upon his arrival in Cape Town he searched for the GPS in his and his partner’s bags, but it was gone, as was R500 cash in an envelope that was hidden inside a Filofax.

While they were searching the bag, they found a luggage handler’s flight schedule.

The date of the schedule was March 12. When they reported the theft at 1Time’s office at the Cape Town International Airport, the airline said it was not responsible for luggage in the hold. Mike Bond for 1Time said the airline viewed theft in a serious light, but the situation was outside their control as Swissport handled the luggage.

“Swissport is aware of the incident and is busy with an investigation,”said Bond.

Unathi Batyashe-Fillis, communications manager of Airports Company of SA, said hand luggage was the responsibility of the airline, which had to open a case of theft with the police.

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