The suspect, named as Freseau Muriel, 64, of France, was suspected of shoplifting by employees of the Laem Phet branch of Family Mart convenient store on Phra Baramee Rd in Patong, who then promptly alerted police this morning.0
An ensuing search of the woman's handbag confirmed suspicions of the employees who fingered the suspect as evidence.
Police seized the woman's white hand bag and the 200 militlitre "New Vision" bottle of sun tan lotion.
Mrs Muriel has been charged with theft and is currently being held at Kathu Police Station where she can be deatined for up to 48 hours before before being sent to Phuket Provincial Court to be prosecuted.
Kathu police are currently awaiting contact from the French Embassy.