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Two brand-new Gucci wallets reportedly stolen from mall

A young American man has been caught on theft charges after he allegedly stole three brand-name wallets from a shop at a shopping mall in Muang district of this tourist province.

Christopher Braman, 21, was apprehended at Central Phuket shopping mall in tambon Ratsada on charges of theft and overstaying his visa, Pol Lt Col Thammasan Boonsong, deputy superintendent at Vichit police station, said on Friday.

Police later took him to his rental room in tambon Chalong of Muang district where they found three Gucci wallets.

Earlier, Ms Kanthima Niyakit, 37, manager of a Gucci shop at Central Phuket Floresta shopping mall, filed a complaint with police at Vichit police station, accusing a male foreigner of allegedly stealing three Gucci wallets from her shop on Wednesday night.

The stolen items were one brown wallet, priced at 15,500 baht, a tiger-print wallet worth 13,440 baht, and a bee-print wallet worth 14,100 baht.

Police examined CCTV footage at the shop and tracked down the suspect, who was caught while walking at Central Phuket shopping mall on Thursday afternoon.

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