Thai man with fetish arrested after stealing over a hundred pairs of flip-flops

A man with a flip-flop fetish was arrested after stealing more than 100 pairs of them from nearby homes that he then made love to.

Theerapat Klaiya, 24, was detained after dozens of complaints from baffled locals that their footwear had gone missing in Nonthaburi, central Thailand.

Officers eventually identified the suspect from CCTV footage outside his latest alleged victim's property.

He was arrested on Sunday afternoon (May 24) at his rented home, where officers counted 126 pairs of stolen flip-flops.

Theerapat allegedly admitted stealing the sandals. He said he would wear them around his home as it turned him on.

The alleged thief said that after several hours of wearing the flip-flops, he cuddled and kissed them, before stripping off and rubbing them on his body. He then had s e x with them.

Once he had finished with one pair, he threw them aside and went looking for new flip-flops.

The sprawling collection amassed over more than two years included dozens of different brands, sizes and colours. All of them had been thoroughly worn.

They were lined up for a police press conference.

Theerapat allegedly admitted three charges of night time theft and snatching, possessing a digital transceiver without permission, and violating the coronavirus curfew.

Police Major Colonel Ekkaphop Prasitwattanachai said they also found out that he had committed this crime before.

He said: "After we arrested the suspect, we also found out that he had already been arrested last year for stealing flip-flops in another district.

''He fully admitted stealing the sandals for lewd purposes, so will be detained at the station until a court appearance for prosecutors to decide on the next part of the legal process for him.''