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A man with a flip-flop fetish was arrested after stealing more than 100 pairs of them from nearby homes that he then had sex with.
Theerapat Klaiya, 24, was detained after dozens of complaints came from baffled locals that their footwear had gone missing in Nonthaburi, central Thailand.
Officers eventually identified the suspect from CCTV footage outside his latest alleged victim's property.
He was arrested on Sunday afternoon (24 May) at his rented home, where officers counted 126 pairs of stolen flip-flops.
Theerapat allegedly admitted stealing the sandals. He said he would wear them around his home as it turned him on.
The alleged thief said that after several hours of wearing the flip-flops, he cuddled and kissed them, before stripping off and rubbing them on his body. He then explained that he would have sex with them. Each to their own...
Once he had finished with one pair, he threw them aside and went looking for new flip-flops.
The sprawling collection amassed over more than two years included dozens of different brands, sizes and colours. All of them had been thoroughly worn.
They were lined up for a police press conference after Theerapat allegedly admitted three charges of night-time theft and snatching, possessing a digital transceiver without permission, and violating the coronavirus curfew. Breaking the coronavirus curfew seems like the least of his worries...
Police Major Colonel Ekkaphop Prasitwattanachai said they also found out that he had committed this crime before.
He said: "After we arrested the suspect, we also found out that he had already been arrested last year for stealing flip-flops in another district.
''He fully admitted stealing the sandals for lewd purposes, so will be detained at the station until a court appearance for prosecutors to decide on the next part of the legal process for him.''
Fetishes can range from the weird to the wonderful - depending on how you view them, I guess. This guy prefers underwear to flip-flops though because he pays women to give him wedgies which means he's gone through between 110 and 140 pairs...
Zach, a 28-year-old retail worker from Virginia, US, believes he's spent around $1,400-$1,500 (£1,070-£1,150) over the years, but insists he tries to space them out because he doesn't want to 'do any damage'.
Zach says the fetish 'unfortunately turns him on', as he explained to LADbible: "I know there's way worse in the world but I also can't say that I love the fact I enjoy having a woman shove my underwear up my ass and ripping my underwear off.
"It's kind of like a weird thing and I'd rather have a partner don't get me wrong, but I just have really bad luck with women so I don't know how I'd be able to have that discussion with a future partner."
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