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Tourist fined for shoplifting. Lack of time and interpreter blamed for non-arrest. A shoplifter got too big for his boots last week. The thief had already been observed stealing clothes from the shop in Mandal twice the previous day, but was arrested on Friday on his third visit.Angered Both time and money were in his favour, though, because police were too busy to interview him at the station, and did not have the funds to hire an interpreter. The shop’s owner, Lisa Frandsen, was less than pleased.

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Tourist fined for shoplifting

Published on Tuesday, 14th July, 2009 at 22:43 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Lack of time and interpreter blamed for non-arrest.

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A shoplifter got too big for his boots last week. The thief had already been observed stealing clothes from the shop in Mandal twice the previous day, but was arrested on Friday on his third visit.

Angered

Both time and money were in his favour, though, because police were too busy to interview him at the station, and did not have the funds to hire an interpreter. The shop’s owner, Lisa Frandsen, was less than pleased.

“We lay the groundwork for the police, but nothing comes out of it. It’s extremely annoying. People such as this should be sent out of the country immediately,” she tells Lindesnes Avis.

Frustrating

Her husband, Sverre Langseth, was also annoyed. He claims that police issued a fine for 6,000 kroner, and he saw the thief pass by the shop later on that day with a pizza and soft drink on his way to celebrate.

To make matters worse, the shop had recently invested in surveillance equipment to the tune of approximately 100,000 kroner.

“It’s so aggravating when you watch the sequence of events on the video. We used several hours editing the footage so that the police could use it as evidence. Instead, we have used a lot of our time to no avail,” Langseth informs the paper.

Very common

“This is almost a daily occurrence and really annoys me. Normally, we would have taken down his name and address and interviewed him when things had quietened down, but it’s not easy when it comes to foreigners...He probably won’t pay the fine, and there’s no guarantee that he gave the correct address in Germany,” says police inspector Reidar Halvorsen, who arrested the man.

Although the stolen goods were not found in the man’s possession, it’s believed that clothes to the value of 15,000 kroner were stolen.



Published on Tuesday, 14th July, 2009 at 22:43 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: german, tourist, shoplifter, clothes, stolen, mandal, police, irritated.





  
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