CHIANG MAI – Police have arrested a Chinese tourist who allegedly stole a cellphone from another traveler at Chiang Mai International Airport.
According to Pol.Col. Poonsap Ruamsuk, an officer at Phu Ping Police Station, a 39-year-old Spanish tourist alerted police after he lost his iPhone at the airport's x-ray security checkpoint.
Police studied CCTV footage and spotted a woman taking the Spanish tourist's phone. Pol.Col. Poonsap said police later tracked down and arrested the suspect as she returned to pick up her bag from storage in the airport.
The suspect was identified as Chiew Ming (name transcribed from Thai text), a 32-year-old tourist from Szechuan, China.
Ms. Ming confessed that she saw the Spanish man leave his phone behind and decided to steal it out of a "spontaneous urge", Pol.Col. Poonsap said.
She has been charged with theft.
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