A MAN has been arrested in Spain after curling himself up inside a large suitcase that was placed in an airport bus cargo bay and sneaking out to steal from other people’s luggage, police say.

The man arrested last week was 1.78 metres tall and very thin, a police official in the northeastern Catalonia region said overnight. An accomplice was also arrested.

The suspects succeeded on several occasions before being caught, the police official said on condition of anonymity because of department rules.

The accomplice would place the contortionist thief inside the cargo bay of a bus running from the airport in the city of Girona, which is south of Barcelona, board the bus and then retrieve him at the end of the line.

During the 100km ride, the man would slip out of the suitcase and use a sharp object to pick locks or open zippers to get into other people’s luggage.

Police were alerted by bus riders who reported items stolen from their baggage.

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