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“Sneaky” Swiss thieves set to spend Christmas in Thai jail after airport theft

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Video: “Sneaky” Swiss thieves set to spend Christmas in Thai jail after airport theft

 

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A Swiss couple who stole a notebook computer from a Thai passenger at Suvarnabhumi airport are set to spend Christmas in jail.

 

The couple identified only as Anna, 56, and Romano 61, were arrested over a week ago in connection with the theft of the notebook, reportedly worth 40,000 baht.

 

The couple stole the notebook when they arrived in Thailand in October and police arrested them when they tried to board a plane home on November 24th after being recognised by airport security staff.

 

Initially the pair said they were innocent and denied involvement in the theft, but later confessed after police searched their luggage and found the notebook inside one of their bags. Officers also showed the couple CCTV footage of the incident.

 

 

The footage shows the woman sitting next to the notebook which had been left unattended by its Thai owner. 

 

The woman can then be seen appearing to cover the notebook with her jacket before walking off with her husband.

 

The owner of the laptop told police that when he returned he found only an empty box and that his notebook was stolen.

 

A report by Thai news station Channel 3 branded the couple “sneaky”.

 

The couple, who were charged with theft, have bemoaned the fact that they look set to spend Christmas in jail.

 

Speaking to Swiss media the couple said they do not expect to leave until at least January 11th, the date of their court hearing.

 

They described the incident as a “stupid story”.

 

 
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The couple will get to avoid all the snow and yodelling of Switzerland for at least another 5 weeks.  While they might not get much of a tan, I'm sure they will lose a little weight while guests of the Thai government.  Nice Catch Swampy security

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35 minutes ago, Jonathan Fairfield said:

Speaking to  Swiss media the couple said they do not expect to leave until at least January 11th, the date of their court hearing.

They described the incident as a “stupid story”.

Talk about being in denial...

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37 minutes ago, Jonathan Fairfield said:

Speaking to Swiss media the couple said they do not expect to leave until at least January 11th, the date of their court hearing.

Given that theft carries a minimum 1 year sentence, I suspect they might be delayed a little longer than they think. And they deserve it for being such scumbags.

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2 minutes ago, Bluespunk said:

While I agree you have to be an idiot to walk off and leave any device behind you, I’m not sure you can gaol someone for being stupid. 

 

For one thing the gaols would be flooded with the guilty. They are overcrowded as it is...

 

I believe gaols are already flooded with the guilty             

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Just now, isaanbanhou said:

 

I believe gaols are already flooded with the guilty             

Flooded to a greater depth then. 

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1 minute ago, isaanbanhou said:

 

I believe gaols are already flooded with the guilty             

The jails are filled with poor people. Those who can't afford bail and couldn't afford to buy the cops off. Rich guilty as we have all seen, don't go to jail. The population of Nong Plalai outside Pattaya is 60% unconvicted on remand, so technically it isn't flooded with proven guilty.

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7 minutes ago, darksidedog said:

The jails are filled with poor people. Those who can't afford bail and couldn't afford to buy the cops off. Rich guilty as we have all seen, don't go to jail. The population of Nong Plalai outside Pattaya is 60% unconvicted on remand, so technically it isn't flooded with proven guilty.

 

I guess they will be comforted by the fact that they are amongst the few that actually deserve their incarceration.  

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2 minutes ago, isaanbanhou said:

 

I guess they will be comforted by the fact that they are amongst the few that actually deserve their incarceration.  

Yeah! sorry about that, but the vast majority of "guilty" in Thai prisons either pleaded guilty to get a lesser sentence, or were found guilty as they couldn't afford a lawyer. If you don't have money and a lawyer, you cannot fight a charge with a realistic chance of being found not guilty. It reinforces my first point that the prisons are full of poor people, who are not necessarily actually guilty of the charges. The judicial system here is unnaturally harsh and allows those with money to walk away, while penalizing the poor.

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They deserve to going to jail just for their stupidity of trying to

deny the theft while the item is in their luggage, they should have

admits right away, apologies and make amends in money, and maybe

they would have been speared sitting in jail... dumkhoffs...

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1 hour ago, Jonathan Fairfield said:

were arrested over a week ago in connection with the theft of the notebook,

and they are worried about christmas ?! being arrested for theft in a foreign country currently in the spell of ultra conservatism is not trivial

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I am trying to remember...  is time in a jail ( Court / Prison / Jail documents ) a excuse that Immigration accepts for a overstay ( vs Medical documents ) to leave without paying "overstay" fine?... hummm

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They described the incident as a “stupid story”.

 

    Special thanks to these idiots! Thais do seem to think that we are all a bunch of thieves. 

 

    Just recently, when I sat at the local hospital waiting for my OPD card when a woman in front of me all in a sudden grabbed her bag and put it on her lap, right after she saw me sitting behind her.

 

     It didn't make me feel good and it's only because of some trashy foreigners who give all of us a bad name. 

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