You see, people are fashioning several creative ways to advance their crafts.

While you go for mentoring and training, men of the under world scale up on their level of expertise.

Whether the craft is legit or not is a different kettle of fish entirely.

To thrive, you must think outside the box, just like this thief that bags himself into a suitcase to gain entry into a bus before robbing passengers.

It was a mystery that had police puzzled for a while.

There had been a rash of thefts reported by passengers who had taken the 75-minute bus trip between Paris and Beauvais airport.

So, with the help of an eagle-eyed driver, who has now been credited with helping crack the case last week, the thief was caught after the driver reported spotting a suspicious suitcase being loaded onto his bus.

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Acting on his tip-off, police at Beauvais pounced on a Romanian man who picked up the suitcase and a smaller black rucksack as he arrived.

After arresting him, detectives found an accomplice hidden inside the case who, once alone in the baggage-hold during the trip, would pull a strap to unzip himself.

"In the black bag we found two laptops, money and various objects of value," a police source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Both men, aged around 40, were from Romania and had criminal records for theft.

The man inside the suitcase received an eight-month prison sentence on Monday when he appeared in court.

His accomplice was given a one-year prison sentence because of his more serious criminal record, prosecutor Florent Boura said.

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