French couple arrested over theft of iPhone in Chiang Mai

Police have arrested a French couple in connection with the theft of an iPhone in Chiang Mai.

The pair were arrested just 10 minutes before their plane was due to depart Chiang Mai on Saturday morning.

Police had been searching for the couple after CCTV footage of them stealing an iPhone from an office area near the Tha Pae gate in Chiang Mai was shared to Facebook on Friday.

Poster Pholsomsuk Paisarn said that the foreigners came into the office wanting to use the toilets. Moments before a staff member had left her iPhone on a sofa while she went off to do something in another room.

The video – in two clips – showed the man cover the phone with a bag then later place it in a backpack.

A 5,000 baht reward was offered for the return of the phone.

Image: Pholsomsuk Paisarn – A French man and woman centre wearing white and pink t-shirts photographed after being arrested at Chiang Mai airport on Saturday

On Saturday afternoon, Sanook reported that the couple had been arrested at Chiang Mai airport.

Police were able to trace the couple, who still had possession of the stolen phone, by using the Find My iPhone feature to reveal the location of the iPhone.

Sanook said the couple were French teachers aged in their 50s and that they were refusing to cooperate with Thai police, saying they would only speak to French embassy officials. – Sanook

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