VIDEO: Airport 'thieves' rob tourists 'for Ibiza trip'

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One of the alleged robbers inspects his target. Screengrab: Polizia di Stato
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As excuses go, this one surely has to go down in criminal history as one of the most brazen. Two alleged thieves told police at Rome's Fiumicino airport that they stole luggage from tourists in order to fund their holiday in Ibiza.

A suitcase-stealing crime duo has been arrested at Rome’s Fiumicino airport after the pair were caught stealing from tourists on CCTV.

When questioned by police, the pair claimed they were “forced” to steal to pay for a holiday in Ibiza.

The pair were arrested after they were caught on CCTV (below) stealing from tourists on four separate occasions in one of the airport parking lots.

Aged 34 and 44 and originally from Algeria, the would-be tourists reportedly used a special method when carrying out the thefts which were filmed over a period of a few days by police.

According to Italian daily La Repubblica, one of the men would distract their victims by asking for information while the other would steal their suitcase – which almost always carried a designer label.

In the video the pair are observed inspecting their targets and distracting them with questions before making off with their luggage.

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