French police are looking for about 100 first-class passengers whose luggage and/or wallets were stolen on a train in France. It is believed that a gang of men disguised as women using wigs are behind the thefts.
Earlier this year, a woman reported that her bag, containing jewelry worth at least 50,000 euros, was stolen on the train. She was traveling primarily on a high-speed train and rode in Aix-en-Provence in the south of France. Camera images will soon show that three men were behind the robbery.
The perpetrators, aged between 40 and 50, traded mainly near Nice and Marseille. “They knew very well what they were doing and they were fast,” said David Bruger, the local police chief in Marseille. They even bought valid tickets for the train. Train tickets show that they were successful on different train routes: from Paris to Nice, from Paris to Marseille, and from Lyon to Geneva.
One of the thieves always dressed as a woman, used wigs and dresses. Then he sat next to the victim to distract him. The other two men can easily steal wallets, bags, and other valuables. Once the men succeeded in their mission, they descended on the next platform.
170 wallets, 170 victims
In an apartment in Marseille, where the loot was collected, the police recovered at least 150 pieces of luggage, 170 wallets, hundreds of sunglasses and expensive shoes. In total, another 137,000 euros in cash was collected.
Police suspect at least 170 victims and are now looking for the rightful owners of the stolen goods. Not an easy task, given that the victims probably come from all over the world.
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