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Police in the now infamous alleged theft of a watch by Hmong children at Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai said they tried everything to find the tourists involved but could not locate them.
The story hit world headlines after children posing for pictures in hill tribe costumes were said to have stolen the watch from a British tourist, reports Sanook.
They protested their innocence and the Facebook page of the tourists has been shut down after the controversy. Police said there is no evidence of theft at all.
Thada Thitapanya of the Phing Ratchaniwet police said that every effort had been made to find the tourists and CCTV had been looked at in thorough detail to get to the bottom of the case.
The problem is that CCTV only went back 15 days and it was not known when the tourists came into the country so tracing them proved difficult.
Thada said that he was most concerned about the well being of the children in the case. Their parents were welcome to come in and make a complaint about the foreign media, he added.
He would not comment on reports that the tourists had found the watch in question as he had no details of this.
But he did say that police doubt the veracity of their claim of theft saying that normally tourists who had suffered theft in such a manner would report to police. No such report had ever been received.
It was reported last week that Hmong children and their families who liked to earn money posing with tourists at Doi Suthep have been staying away following the case.