Air France Flight Attendant Accused of Stealing From Sleeping Passengers

An Air France flight attendant was arrested after passengers lost jewelry and cash from hand baggage while they slept, French newspaper Le Figaro reported Tuesday.

Prosecutors opened a case file after the cabin crew member was arrested at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport and has confessed to theft, a judicial source said.

According to the report, the 47-year-old stewardess, referred to as Lucie R., went through business passengers' bags on 142 long haul flights out of Paris.

Police were alerted in January after five passengers on a flight to Tokyo lost the equivalent of around $10,000 in foreign currency.

The complaints sparked a six-month long investigation as detectives cross-checked cabin crew rosters with further theft reports.

Police say she confessed to 26 separate thefts, but believe she committed dozens more. They also found she had a bank safe-deposit box full of jewelry as well as credit cards, cash, blank checks and travelers' checks at her home.

If convicted, the woman faces 10 years in prison.