MBK Furby retailers arrested
Police seized 20 illegally imported Furby dolls, currently popular among Thai youngsters and young adults, from two mobile phone shops located on the fourth floor of MBK shopping centre in Pathumwan district of Bangkok on Thursday.
- Published: 14/02/2013 at 08:59 PM
- Newspaper section: breakingnews
Of the 20 robotic toys, 18 were seized from a store named ‘December’ and the rest were from another one identified as "Home Mobile".
Thai celebrities show off their Furby dolls (Source: Facebook)
Officers from the Consumer Protection Police Division and Thai Industrial Standards Institute carried out the raids after they received a tip-off that the two shop owners had illegally sold the toys to customers for 5,200 to 5,500 baht, said division chief Pol Maj Gen Nipon Chareonpon.
The shop owners allegedly told police they had bought the Furbies for 4,900 baht each from other vendors and said they had sold them on the day before they were arrested. Police will investigate further to identify more people involved in the racket.
The Furby is a popular furry toy resembling a squat hamster with owl-like eyes that can sing and dance and interact with its owners. They even have their own language.
Furbies made headlines nationwide last week after a woman was arrested for allegedly running an online scam selling the electronic toys worth more than 4 million baht.
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