By Sarah Williams
Thieves used a hammer and chisel to remove the safes from rooms, smuggle them out in suitcases
Police in France have arrested two men suspected of stealing safes from hotel rooms by posing as tourists from the GCC and telling reception staff that they had lost their room keys.
Once the thieves, said to have posed as wealthy tourists from Gulf countries, were given replacement room keys, they used stethoscopes to listen at the door to make sure the rooms were empty.
French police say that the thieves used a hammer and chisel to remove the safes, mostly in high-end hotels in Paris and on the French Riviera. They then smuggled the safes from the rooms in hotel suitcases.
The two suspects, aged 56 and 31, were arrested at a hotel in Saint-last week, and were identified using surveillance video images from a previous theft. The police are said to have recovered $90,000 worth of jewellery, luxury clothes and currency.