The Russian Foreign Ministry sent a diplomatic note to the U.S. Embassy on Monday after one of its employees was caught on video stealing a railway sig earlier this year.
The unidentified 30-year-old U.S. Embassy staffer allegedly stole a railway arrow pointer sign at the Ostashkov railway station in the Tver region northwest of Moscow.
The police initially conducted and investigationand found on CCTV camera that the suspect had the railway sign and put it in the trunk of his car.
“On the same day, the exact same car with exactly the same registration was stopped by traffic police officers in the Tver region for violating traffic rules. An employee of the American embassy was driving,” said Maria Zakharova, a diplomatic spokeswoman.
Zakharova said on Tuesday on the Solovyov Live YouTube channel that the US Embassy decided to send the diplomat back to the U.S. instead of lifting his diplomatic immunity as the Foreign Ministry requested.
The state-run NTV broadcaster published a video of the theft and named the U.S. Embassy staffer as Parker Wilson. The alleged motive is unclear.
The US Embassy has not yet commented on the alleged incident.
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