A man who took two flights a month to Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport just to steal the bags of other passengers has been caught by police.

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Flying bag thief preyed on fellow passengers

A man who took two flights a month to Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport just to steal the bags of other passengers has been caught by police.

Flying bag thief preyed on fellow passengers
Tom Mascardo

Radio station Europe 1 reported that the British man, named only as John, confessed his scheme to police after he was arrested on April 25th.

Airport security cameras captured him stealing bags on nine occasions since November 2011.

The Nigerian-born man said he favoured the airport’s terminal C as it is used for flights to Africa, allowing him to blend in easily.

Among the items he stole was a suitcase containing €70,000 ($89,000) belonging to a former prime minister of Chad.

He also made off with items belonging to the owner of a top Parisian fashion house.

The man would roam around the corridors within the airport, sometimes spending a night in an airport hotel, before catching a return flight early the next morning.

He has been sentenced to a year in prison by a court in Bobigny. 

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France’s mystery rooftop panther stolen from zoo

A black panther rescued from rooftops near the northern city of Lille last week has been stolen from the zoo where it was taken after capture, officials said.

France's mystery rooftop panther stolen from zoo
Photo: AFP/ Sapeurs Pompiers du Nord

The feline was seized overnight from the zoo in Maubeuge near the Belgian border, the city's mayor, Arnaud Decagny, told AFP on Tuesday.

“This animal was the only target,” Decagny said, adding that “considerable efforts” were made to force locks and avoid security systems.

Zoo personnel are worried about the young panther's health, “which is rather delicate because he lacks strength,” the mayor added, saying the animal was just a few months old and weighed between 25 and 30kg.

The panther after its capture. Photo League Protectrice des Animaux de la Nord de France/AFP

The panther was going to be transferred to a centre specialised in rehabilitating wild animals that had been domesticated.

Firefighters caught the cat last Wednesday as it roamed rooftops in Armentieres after escaping through the window of a private apartment believed to have been its home.

The panther's owner is thought to have escaped through the same window, for fear of being charged with illegally harbouring a wild animal.

Police have not located the fugitive owner, who could face charges of endangering the public, which is punishable by up to a year in prison and €15,000 in fines, Decagny said.

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