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Chilean thieves stole bags at airports with walking stick

Shocking footage shows how two Chilean thieves who deliberately flew to the UK to target holidaymakers used a walking stick to steal a handbag at Heathrow Airport.

Using the stick as a hook, Flores Valenzuela, 50, was shielded by Gissella Caceres Diaz, 27, as he swiped the victim’s handbag and its contents, worth £9,500.

The victim, who was targeted as she sat at an arrivals’ lounge coffee shop, was one of six targeted by the pair between March and October this year. 

They stole luggage containing goods, including jewellery, cash and mobile phones, worth a total of around £25,000.

Gissella Caceres Diaz, 27

Flores Valenzuela, 50, (left) was shielded by Gissella Caceres Diaz, 27, (right) as he swiped the victim’s handbag and its contents, worth £9,500

Footage shows him bending and leaning down to try and drag the bag across the floor as the victim isn't looking

Footage shows him bending and leaning down to try and drag the bag across the floor as the victim isn’t looking

They stole luggage containing goods, including jewellery, cash and mobile phones, worth a total of around £25,000, the Metropolitan Police said

They stole luggage containing goods, including jewellery, cash and mobile phones, worth a total of around £25,000, the Metropolitan Police said

Police believe the pair, who are both from Chile, flew to the UK deliberately to target holidaymakers, and are warning travellers to be on their guard.

PC Tom Blair, of the Met’s Aviation Policing Crime Squad, said: ‘Caceres Diaz and Flores Valenzuela took advantage of their victims’ sometimes momentary distraction in order to steal their luggage.

‘It’s very easy to be distracted at a busy airport but you can help keep your luggage safe whether you’re in the UK or abroad by always keeping it on you or within your line of sight.

‘If you are carrying a large quantity of cash, keep it on you. If you must pack it in luggage, then spread it out between multiple bags.’

Valenzuela and Diaz were arrested at Heathrow Airport on November 7 after an officer recognised them from CCTV footage.

Valenzuela was jailed for two years, while Diaz was handed a one-year prison sentence at Isleworth Crown Court on Wednesday after they both pleaded guilty to six counts of theft at an earlier hearing.

He successfully manages to grab it - after being assisted by Diaz - and the two quickly leave

He successfully manages to grab it – after being assisted by Diaz – and the two quickly leave



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