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Algerian man arrested over pickpocketing of foreign tourists in Pattaya

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Algerian man arrested over pickpocketing of foreign tourists in Pattaya

By The Nation

 

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An Algerian man has been arrested in Pattaya for allegedly pickpocketing two Korean tourists and a Chinese tourist in the seaside city late last month.

 

Pattaya police chief Pol Colonel Prawit Chorseng held a press conference on Monday to announce the arrest of Toufik Melki, 50, over the weekend.

 

Prawit said a tourist from South Korea has accused Melki of approaching him on Soi Bua Kao in Central Pattaya on March 28 and stealing 400,000 won (about Bt13,000) from him. The tourist said Melki pretended to know him, wrapped his arm around his shoulder while talking to him amicably – and stole his wallet.

 

A few days later, a Chinese tourist and a South Korean tourist filed complaints with the police station that they had been pickpocketed by a man matching Melki’s description, with wallets containing about Bt50,000 in cash stolen.

 

Prawit said police checked security-camera footage and learned Melki’s identity. He was spotted walking on Pattaya II road, apparently looking for new victims, police said.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30368120

 

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4 minutes ago, PatOngo said:

It's not cheap maintaining a family on holiday in the world class resort!

All those rides, candy, beers, hell no.

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3 hours ago, Youlike said:

Is he only 50? He looks like 70...

 

11 policemen to arrest one old pickpocket?? 🤔

That is 11 of Thailands best getting free lessons in pickpocketing from him.

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46 minutes ago, Thakkar said:

How many Royal Thai Police officers does it take to change a lightbulb?

 

As many as can fit into a selfie portrait afterwards.

"Prawit said police checked security-camera footage and learned Melki’s identity. He was spotted walking on Pattaya II road, apparently looking for new victims, police said."

 

Give it a break.  A team of only one out of uniform officer would not be all that quick or effective in finding him would it.

 

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