VIDEO: Gang of thieves caught stealing bags at Rome airport

VIDEO: Gang of thieves caught stealing bags at Rome airport

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Italian police have caught a gang of 12 professional thieves at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport.

A gang of professional thieves who targeted passengers at Rome’s Fiumicino airport has been caught by the airport’s police.

Authorities say the thieves managed to steal property worth more than €50,000 in a matter of hours.

Five were arrested with another seven under investigation.

They reportedly preyed mainly on Russian, Asian and Arab tourists.

According to reports, the gang stayed at foreign-run hotels where details of guests are not recorded.

This in itself is a violation of Rome’s anti-terrorism laws.

In a shocking video released by police, the thieves can be seen carrying out their brazen thefts.

In one incident, one man distracts a passenger waiting in line as his accomplice lifts the passenger’s bag from a luggage trolley.

In another, a thief can be seen opening a car door to steal valuables from inside the vehicle as two travellers load their cases into the boot.