Two Bulgarian border policemen caught red-handed after stealing a mobile telephone belonging to U.S. Ambassador John Beyrle could face up to 10 years in prison, officials said Monday.
The two took the expensive telephone after Beyrle left it by an X-ray machine at Varna airport, where they worked.
They denied having seen the phone when the ambassador called to enquire about it, but the hi-tech gadget’s inbuilt tracking system led to its eventual location in one of the men’s pockets.
Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry said the two policemen would be fired and their superiors disciplined following the incident.