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Spanish tourist jailed in Russia for keeping makeup bag she found
13 September 2017 @ 20:35

A HOLIDAYMAKER from Sevilla is in prison in St Petersburg accused of stealing a makeup bag at the airport.

María del Carmen R.S., 54, was with one of her daughters, Lola, at the time as they waited for a flight to Moscow.

Lola said she and her mum found the makeup bag on the floor five days into their holiday in Russia and asked as many people as they could around them whether it was theirs.

As everyone said no, María del Carmen stuffed it in her own bag.

It contained cosmetics with a retail value of around 7,000 roubles, or about €100.

María del Carmen apparently took the spectacles out of the bag and left it, along with the empty bag itself, on top of a vending machine, but pocketed the makeup.

Police officers nearby approached her and asked if the items were hers, and she explained she had found it dumped on the floor.

They were both taken to the police station, missing their flight and, as the police only spoke Russian and were unable to understand either Spanish or English – which Lola and her mother both speak – they ended up having to wait from 10.00 until 20.00 for an interpreter.



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