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German man charged with theft after taking Russian woman’s sunglasses

A GERMAN man holidaying on Koh Phangan was arrested today (Feb. 11) at a resort he is staying in after having picked up a pair of sunglasses belonging to a Russian woman on Thursday (Feb. 9), Sanook.com said.

Pol. Col. Suparerk Phankosol, Surat Thani province’s immigration superintendent, together with Tourist and Koh Phangan police arrested the 31-year-old German man, only identified as Mr. Marcel, after finding the MCQ brand sunglasses in a white satchel placed on a bed in his room.

This action was taken after an unidentified Russian woman tourist informed police that she had lost her MCQ sunglasses worth US$800 (approximately 27,000 baht) while getting her visa extended at the Immigration Office on Thursday.

Police then went through the surveillance camera clips at the office and spotted the German man picking up the sunglasses she had left on a chair.

Marcel admitted that he too had gone to get his visa extended that day and upon seeing the sunglasses on the chair and not knowing who it belonged to, pocketed it and left.

He has pleaded guilty to a charge of theft in a government office and has been taken to Koh Phangan police station for further legal action.


Top: The German tourist picking the Russian woman’s sunglasses.

Below and Front Page: The Russian woman’s sunglasses found in the German tourist’s room and given back to her. All photos: Sanook.com

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