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Hunt begins after Ukrainian passport used in B450k rental motorbike theft

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So it would appear, from the full news report, that this passport was, in fact genuine, (red logo not withstanding!) but had been lost or stolen.

 

Therefore the hirer company were not very vigilant when it came to scrutinizing the hirer's licence to make sure that the name on the documents matched. How very clumsy of them.

 

Unless of course the original holder just happened to have, very carelessly, lost his motorcycle licence along with his passport.

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13 hours ago, Moonlover said:

So it would appear, from the full news report, that this passport was, in fact genuine, (red logo not withstanding!) but had been lost or stolen.

Passport was genuine.

Holder left the country on emergency travel document.

 

Let's speculate:

Not lost or stolen, just handed to an accomplice for the rent.

Passport holder reports document as lost/stolen and leaves the country on emergency travel document. Accomplice has all the time to get the bike shipped/smuggled out of the country.

Or no accomplice involved. Passport holder covers face so that he can not be recognized.

Rest as above.

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On 3/15/2019 at 8:24 AM, PETERTHEEATER said:

According to the news article it was a Honda.

I'm sure even a Honda would fit in a container.

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20 minutes ago, KhunBENQ said:

Passport was genuine.

Holder left the country on emergency travel document.

 

Let's speculate:

Not lost or stolen, just handed to an accomplice for the rent.

Passport holder reports document as lost/stolen and leaves the country on emergency travel document. Accomplice has all the time to get the bike shipped/smuggled out of the country.

Or no accomplice involved. Passport holder covers face so that he can not be recognized.

Rest as above.

Read the full report in the Phuket News and you will come across this:

 

However, he also confirmed that a man who presented himself as Dmytro Maruniak had already left Thailand via Phuket airport on Feb 27.

The man was allowed leave Thailand after he presented an emergency travel document issued by the Ukrainian embassy, Col Kathathorn explained.


So the perp was not Mr. Maruniak as you suggest and If he did hand over his passport to an accomplice, for the con to be watertight he would have to have handed over his licence as well.

 

Which is why I suggested earlier, that the hire company was very lax. They should have checked that the names on the two documents matched and that the face of the hirer matched the photos. Very negligent when you consider the value of the motorcycle.

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5 minutes ago, Moonlover said:

They should have checked that the names on the two documents matched and that the face of the hirer matched the photos.

Might even have been worth a call to the hotel that the thief supposed to live at?

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On 3/15/2019 at 5:58 PM, BestB said:

I am in hotel business, this is most certainly  fake passport. I have had a few Ukrainians and theirs did not look like that. Unless it’s a new one but highly unlikely. Never seen Ukrainian document with red logo , red is not Ukrainian colour, looks more Estonian or Latvian or Lithuanian 

Well, it ain't new for sure as it was issued November 4, 2015.

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On 3/16/2019 at 9:17 PM, Moonlover said:

Therefore the hirer company were not very vigilant when it came to scrutinizing the hirer's licence to make sure that the name on the documents matched. How very clumsy of them.

We all look alike to them? 🤭

 

Regarding a license, nothing is mentioned in the article and also, I have never been asked for a license in Thailand, so possible/likely there was no license at all.

 

Question really is, did the guy who lost his passport genuinely lose it, 1 week before the theft? Was this an opportunist crime, perpetrated by someone who conveniently found a passport and decided to steal a bike - not likely IMO

 

Could even be the passport owner sold it to a shady person and was not aware what it would be used for.

 

The bike wouldn't need to leave the country, plenty of ways to disguise it if you have the tools and a place to do it. More than likely somewhere far from Phuket.

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