Police in Gran Canaria have arrested a Ryanair air steward caught trying to fly to the Spanish mainland with more than £35,000 he had allegedly stolen from a company safe.
The 20-year-old Argentinian was stopped as he tried to board a flight to Seville shortly after the theft.
Civil Guard officers held him after an airport scanner detected the cash in a suitcase he had checked onto the flight.
The 20-year-old Argentinian was stopped as he tried to board a flight to Seville when he was stopped by Civil Guard officers who discovered around €39,000 (£35,280) (pictured) in several different currencies in his suitcase
They discovered around €39,000 (£35,280) inside in several currencies including pounds sterling, euros and Swedish krona which they seized after the Ryanair employee failed to tell them where the cash came from before confessing all.
Inquiries later revealed he had allegedly used a key to the safe to take the money after accessing his office using his security code in the early hours of the morning.
He is thought to have been held as he tried to board the first domestic flight off the island to the Spanish mainland so he could get away with the cash.
He is believed to have been remanded in custody after going before a judge in a private court hearing, although court officials were unable to confirm today whether he was being held in prison or had been bailed.
The suspect has not been named - and has been identified only by his initials M.B.A.
A spokesman for Spain's National Police confirmed in a statement: 'A foreigner aged 20 and resident in Gran Canaria, has been arrested as the suspected perpetrator of a theft from a safe in the offices of an airline where the money from passenger sales was being held.
'The investigation began after cash in different currency denominations totalling some €39,000 (£35,280) was discovered in a suitcase which had been checked on an early morning flight to Seville.'
The Ryanair air steward has not been named - and has been identified only by his initials M.B.A. Inquiries revealed he had allegedly used a key to the safe to take the money after accessing an office using his security code
The statement added: 'When officers asked the owner of the case to justify where the money came from, he finally answered he worked for an airline and the money came from a safe belonging to his company.
'Civil Guard investigators subsequently discovered that he had turned up at the airport hours earlier in uniform and accessed the airline offices using a security code before opening the safe with a key he had access to and taking the money.'
A source added: 'We believe he deliberately took the money in the early hours of the morning and picked an early morning flight to try to leave the island so he could attempt to be thousands of miles away from the Canaries on the Spanish mainland by the time the theft was discovered.'