Bangkok police experienced something of a surprise when they raided the home of a suspect in a 10-million-baht jewellery heist last week. For a start, the suspect's wife was allegedly wearing some of the more attractive stolen bangles _ not perhaps the smartest idea after a major robbery. Even Inspector Clouseau might have suspected something was up.
But things got more interesting when they started looking around the house in Klong Sam Wa district and uncovered an estimated 5,000 pairs of ladies' panties _ and they didn't belong to the wife. There were all sorts of colours _ pink ones, purple ones, blue ones, polka-dot ones. They were all tastefully lined up in the closet with the same colours next to one another, interrupted only by the occasional stray bra.
The fellow had enough panties, knickers, drawers or bloomers to open half a dozen lingerie stalls at the local mall. He explained to police that he collected these items on his robbery outings as "a hobby". He used to count them but gave up after the number reached 2,000.
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