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A Swiss couple who stole a notebook computer from a Thai passenger at Suvarnabhumi airport are set to spend Christmas in jail.
The couple stole the notebook when they arrived in Thailand in October and police arrested them when they tried to board a plane home on November 24th after being recognised by airport security staff.
Initially the pair said they were innocent and denied involvement in the theft, but later confessed after police searched their luggage and found the notebook inside one of their bags. Officers also showed the couple CCTV footage of the incident.
The footage shows the woman sitting next to the notebook which had been left unattended by its Thai owner.
The woman can then be seen appearing to cover the notebook with her jacket before walking off with her husband.
The owner of the laptop told police that when he returned he found only an empty box and that his notebook was stolen.
A report by Thai news station Channel 3 branded the couple “sneaky”.
The couple, who were charged with theft, have bemoaned the fact that they look set to spend Christmas in jail.
Speaking to Swiss media the couple said they do not expect to leave until at least January 11th, the date of their court hearing.
They described the incident as a “stupid story”.