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A story about a women’s underwear thief is certain to have an amusing headline.
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Police uncovered this trove of women’s panties in the robbery suspect’s home.
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Knickers nicker nicked
Headline writers love stories about women's underwear. Today's front-page of the Bangkok Post provides a perfect example why. Here's how it begins:
"Safe-cracking knickers nicker nicked by city coppers,"
The first paragraph provides a translation in plain English:
A burglar (a nicker) nabbed (nicked, i.e., was arrested) for stealing money from a safe (safe-cracking) has also been found to be an avid collector of women's underwear (knickers).
"City coppers", of course, are city police. On Tuesday night they arrested Danai Raiwet, 48,and Wasan Wiriya, 32, near Soi Chaloem Khet 1 in the Phlap Phla Chai area for allegedly breaking into Metro Praken 2001 Limited on Soi Chaloem Khet 2 and making off with 401,000 baht from the safe.
The two men are also suspected in the theft of one million baht in cash and 10 gold-edged Buddhist amulets from a private company, investigators say.
It was a visit to Mr Danai's home, however, that made this case an unusual one. There, police found several thousand items of stolen women's underwear, both washed and unwashed.
Yesterday, Mr Danai told reporters that he had been stealing women's underwear since he was 18, in addition to swiping valuables and cash in burglaries of houses and companies.
"He sniffed them all the time even while driving," Pol Maj Gen Saroj Promcharoen explained.
Mr Danai will be charged with stealing valuables and cash, though not the underwear offence since no one has come forward to lay a complaint, police said.
Adapted from a Bangkok Post and AFP agency story.
uncover – to discover something secret or hidden ค้นพบข้อเท็จจริง
trove – valuable things that are found hidden ขุมทรัพย์, ขุมสมบัติ, สมบัติpanties – a piece of women's underwear that covers the body from the waist to the tops of the legs กางเกงใน
suspect – a person who is thought to have committed a crime ผู้ต้องสงสัย
headline – the title of a newspaper story that is printed in large letters ข่าวพาดหัว
underwear – clothes that you wear under other clothes and next to the skin ชุดชั้นใน
knickers – a piece of women's underwear that covers the body from the waist to the tops of the legs; panties กางเกงชั้นใน
nick – (slang) to steal something; to arrest someone ขโมย, จับกุม
nicker – a person who steals นักขโมย
nicked – arrested ถูกจับ, โดนจับกุม
crack a safe – to break open and steal from a safe งัดแงะเซฟ, ผู้งัดแงะตู้นิรภัย
copper – (slang) police ตำรวจ (คำสแลง)
translation – words that have been changed from one language to another; the process of changing something that is written or spoken into another language คำแปล, การแปล
plain – easy to see or understand ธรรมดา, ซึ่งไม่ซับซ้อน
burglar – someone who enters a building illegally in order to steal things ผู้ร้ายย่องเบา, คนลักขโมยของ,
avid – extremely eager or interested กระตือรือร้น
collector – a person who collects things, either as a hobby or as a job นักสะสม
allegedly – claimed to have done something wrong, but not yet proven ที่กล่าวหา
theft – (the act of) dishonestly taking something which belongs to someone else and keeping it การลักขโมย
cash – money in the form of notes or coins เงินสด
amulet – a small object that some people wear around their neck as a protection against evil, bad luck, disease etc เครื่องราง
investigator – someone whose job is to officially find out the facts about something – ผู้สอบสวน, ผู้สำรวจ, ผู้ตรวจสอบ
swipe – (informal) to steal something ขโมย (คำไม่เป็นทางการ)
valuables – small possessions that are worth a lot of money, for example jewellery ของล้ำค่า
sniff – to breathe air in through the nose in order to discover or enjoy the smell of something สูดกลิ่น, สูดอากาศ
charge – to accuse someone officially of committing a crime ตั้งข้อกล่าวหา
offence – a crime or illegal activity for which there is a punishment การกระทำผิดกฎหมาย
complaint – when someone says that something is wrong or not satisfactory การร้องเรียน