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Pattaya police arrest thief who stole from foreign tourists while they were swimming

 

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Image: Ruk Siam News

 

Police in Pattaya on Saturday announced the arrest of a Thai man who they say is responsible for a spate of thefts from foreign tourists.

 

Police said that Thanakorn Saiwong, 29, would prowl the swimming pool areas of local condos and hotels looking for foreigners who had left their room keys unattended on their chairs when they went for a swim.

 

Police said Thanakorn would commit the thefts from condos and hotel which he knew displayed the room number on the key. Once he had taken the key he would simply enter the victim’s room and help himself to the their personal belongings.

 

In four separate incidents in just the past week, Thanakorn had stolen cash and valuables totalling 300,000 baht, which included an iPhone 8, a MacBook computer, watches, credit cards and passports. 

 

Police said they were able to catch Thanakorn, who was known to them, by studying CCTV footage. 

 

Police said the thefts took place at Laguna Beach 3 Resort, Rizin Hotel, AP guesthouse and Jomtien Thip Condo.

 

The victims were identified as Aleksandr Soltanov, Denis Kurchenko, Ralf Udo Mayer and Britt Ulf Niklas Birgersson.

 

Thanakorn has been charged with carrying out the theft now faces between 1 year to 5 years and fined from 20,000 baht to 100,000 baht.

 

Police added that the stolen items will be returned to the victims.
 

 

Source: Ruk Siam News

 

Thaivisa News: 2019-01-20

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8 minutes ago, mikebell said:

Count the number of publicity hungry cops; meanwhile Pattaya taxi-drivers flout the law of the land every hour with impunity and local support from Pattaya Plod.

Hey Hey Hey!  Easy there on the taxi drivers.

 

Shortly one will find 5 squillion baht in that taxi and give it back to the farrang.

 

Patience my friend, patience, 🙂

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25 minutes ago, rooster59 said:

Police said they were able to catch Thanakorn, who was known to them, by studying CCTV footage. 

"Look! There is the guy we let go last week after a 500 baht fine! Lets make it 1000 baht this time. I want to try that new seafood restaurant."

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So hilarious !

(the silly re-enactment)

 

Rather than be Hollywood-wannabe actors, the boys in brown should be out on the streets "protecting the image of Pattaya".

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16 minutes ago, geriatrickid said:

Uhhm, is anyone  else wondering how the chap had such easy access into the condominium buildings?  What about the security in the lobby?

During our honeymoon in a 5star hotel phuket the nightguards and lobbyist were sleeping at night...full in sight behind the counter.

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34 minutes ago, geriatrickid said:

Uhhm, is anyone  else wondering how the chap had such easy access into the condominium buildings?  What about the security in the lobby?

Agree but many condos have little or no security - sleeping guard is available all over

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4 minutes ago, colinneil said:

Silly bloody farang pointing, how did he know who to point at, did he see him stealing... No, pc plod said farang you point at him for the photo.🤔

How about the falang having previously identified his stolen property found in the possession of the thief, Sherlock?

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53 minutes ago, geriatrickid said:

Uhhm, is anyone  else wondering how the chap had such easy access into the condominium buildings?  What about the security in the lobby?

U tink too mutt. 🙂

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