Oshawa teen allegedly stole sunglasses
An Oshawa student held in Hong Kong after allegedly shoplifting designer sunglasses has been released and is arranging to return to Canada.
The 15-year-old appeared in court earlier yesterday after being arrested on Sunday as she and a group of students and teachers from R.S. McLaughlin C.V. I. ended an eight-day tour of Hong Kong and China.
She was accused of taking the sunglasses from an airport kiosk and was said to have been caught on security cameras.
The teen was ordered to stay in her hotel room with teacher Chris Barrowclough and his wife, who remained in Hong Kong with her.
The pair posted bond to keep her out of jail.
"The family would like to express its sincerest thanks to the authorities in Hong Kong for their expeditious handling of the matter," the Durham District School Board said in a written release.
"In addition, the family extends its sincerest thanks to the teacher and his spouse for the care and support provided to their daughter during this difficult time."
The girl’s mother told the Toronto Star her daughter is "a good kid. She’s never been in any trouble."
Her father told CTV News she appeared before an English-speaking judge and pleaded guilty to stealing the $300 sunglasses.
He called it "a bone-headed play in the wrong country."
Her father said the criminal charge was dropped but the girl was fined $140.