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Chinese tourist caught stealing camera from Spanish couple in Chiang Mai

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CCTV captures the moment a Chinese man takes a camera from a Spanish couple in Chiang Mai on Tuesday.

The Spanish tourists had been visiting Wat Phra That Doi Suthep when they left a GoPro camera on the bench they had been sitting on.

Chinese tourist caught stealing camera from Spanish couple in Chiang Mai | News by Samui Times

After realising their mistake they returned a short time later but the camera was missing.

They reported the missing camera to police who checked CCTV footage which revealed the camera had been taken by a man wearing an unmistakably large hat.

The man had been sitting behind the Spanish couple and helped himself to the camera after he saw it had been left on the bench.

The CCTV footage showed the man going to sit where the camera had been left before using his large hat and shirt to try and hide the fact he had taken the camera.

The man was discovered to be a part of a group of Chinese tourists who police later tracked down to the Old Chiang Mai Cultural Centre.

When approached by police the Chinese man handed over the camera telling officers that he had intended to hand it in but wasn’t sure how or where to report the matter.

Channel 7 reported that the incident seemed to have been put down to a misunderstanding, with the camera eventually being returned to the Spanish couple.

According to reports in Thai media, it doesn’t appear the Chinese man was charged with theft.

Thai Visa / Chiang Mai News

Chinese tourist caught stealing camera from Spanish couple in Chiang Mai | News by Samui Times
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