GANGLAND mobs are robbing long-distance coaches by sneaking DWARVES into the luggage holds in sports bags. The tiny tea-leaves are smuggled aboard disguised as innocent items of baggage. Once inside, they slip out from their hiding places to rifle through the belongings of unsuspecting travellers.
Then they take their loot back to their hiding place and wait to be collected by another gang member when the coach reaches its destination. The cheeky criminals have stolen thousands of pounds in cash, gems and other valuables in recent months.
And last night cops warned the scam was a “growing problem”.
Swebus, which ferries thousands of Brits across Sweden, has been among coach firms targeted. A spokesman said: “We have had reports about several thefts by dwarves on the stretch between Vasteras and Stockholm.
“We’re thinking of installing video cameras.”
A Stockholm Police spokesman said: “We are looking at our records to identify criminals of limited stature.”
Yesterday Sun man Alex Peake and 4ft 6in actor Phil Holden showed how easy it is for the gangs to operate.
We watched Phil, 31, clamber into a standard- size suitcase, then lifted him on to The Sun bus. Phil, from Canterbury, Kent said: “I got inside the case without any problem at all. I had loads of room, it was actually quite comfy.
“Once on the bus I could easily get out and then had all the time in the world to rifle through bags on board. It was a real piece of cake.”