'Homeless' man swiped £265,000 from an airport in France after leaning on an unlocked door

Ella Wills
A man chanced upon hundreds of thousands of euros when he leaned on an unlocked door: AFP/Getty Images

Police are hunting a homeless man who made off with hundreds of thousands of pounds after he happened to lean on an unlocked door at Charles de Gaulle airport.

Police are on the hunt for the man who swiped £265,000 (€300,000) from the French airport on Friday.

The door of the Loomis cash management company in terminal 2F was not properly secured, allowing the man, in his 50s, to chance upon two bags of cash.

An official told Le Parisien the man "benefited from a combination of circumstances to land himself a huge Christmas present".

At around 5.30pm an alarm was triggered after an intrusion to the premises, which stores large amounts of money.

Border police officers and the on-site manager attended the scene and found the door left open.

CCTV footage later showed the man searching the bins outside the office at 5.20pm.

He leaned on the office door and was surprised when it opened. After going inside he re-emerged a few minutes later carrying the two bags, the French newspaper reported.

While he left a suitcase behind, police did not find any substantial evidence on the man.

However, officers at the airport believe he is a man who has been hanging around the airport for a while, a source told Le Parisien.

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