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Bangkok taxi driver robs tourist of millions - police suspect he is part of a big gang

 

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A Bangkok cabby has given himself up to police after a Chinese man lost millions in valuables and cash and was dumped by the side of the road. 

 

The cabby has admitted to targeting well heeled but drunk tourists wearing designer watches and having diamond jewellry. 

 

After they fell asleep in the back of his cab he would strip them then dump them. 

 

He has admitted to two cases in the capital but police dismiss this as nonsense saying he is part of a much wider gang problem that has seen dozens of tourists robbed in recent years. 

 

The case follows two about honest cabbies returning huge sums of money to forgetful tourists in the last two weeks, notes Thaivisa. It is bound to provide grist to the mill for people who claim that the capital's cabbies include many rogues among the nice guys. 

 

Channel 7 reported that Tanakrit P., aged 43, gave himself up to Klong Tan police after officers had closed in on the suspect. 

 

Daily News also reported on the arrest and included a picture of the taxi driver wearing a "Playboy" T-shirt pointing at an old yellow cab. 

 

Earlier a Chinese businessman was picked up in Rama 9 in the early hours of the morning and was meant to have been taken to his hotel. Instead he was dumped outside a condo in Ekamai sub-soi 12. 

 

When he came round he realised he had been stripped of his Philippe Patek watch, two diamond rings, 2 phones and a quantity of cash. 

 

It all came to 3.6 million baht. After the victim went to the police a warrant was issued for the arrest of the cabby. 

 

Tanakrit admitted that he had been preying on tourists in the Sukhumvit and RCA entertainment areas. 

 

He would find well-heeled tourists or businessmen with designer watches, diamond rings and phones. He looked out for people who were drunk. He then waited for them to nod off in his cab before stripping them and dumping them. 

 

He said he had done this twice - once in Thong Lor and once in the Klong Tan area, the latest case. 

 

He said that the victim was in a group with many others and he was surprised when he was placed in the cab alone. He was obviously drunk. 

 

He said he got his watch and rings. He pawned the watch and gave the rings to two younger mates. He claimed he had spent everything while he was on the run from the crime. 

 

He claimed he had no money and needed cash for his son as he was the sole breadwinner. He has been a taxi driver for years.

 

Police have dismissed all this as patent nonsense. They think that Tanakrit has robbed dozens of people and is part of a bigger gang preying on the public and tourists over the last 5 - 6 years. 

 

He has been charged with theft at night while using a conveyance and detained by the Klong Tan police. 

 

Meanwhile, the inquiry is ongoing and widening. 

 

Thaivisa notes that the case relates to an incident about six months ago. 

 

Sources: Channel 7 | Daily News

 

 

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7 minutes ago, webfact said:

The case follows two about honest cabbies returning huge sums of money to forgetful tourists in the last two weeks, notes Thaivisa. It is bound to provide grist to the mill for people who claim that the capital's cabbies include many rogues among the nice guys. 

No need for people to claim this, when a multitude of news stories prove it. 

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Had it not been a Chinese person, would they have investigated so hard and fast?

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18 minutes ago, spidermike007 said:

Who on earth wears and carries "millions" when traveling around? And why? A spectacular degree of insecurity? Recklessness? Ignorance? Just dumb and dumber?

Some of them don't have cards they can use to pull out money.  

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While most cabbies out there are no doubt honest and hard working people, some, and not  a few are criminally minded opportunists cabbies cruising around and looking for prey to pounce on, the thing is, Thailand is no different, there are all over and in many other countries, part of everyday life... 

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45 minutes ago, spidermike007 said:

He was not coming from the airport. Sounds like he was out for a night on the town. Who needs to carry more than 20 or 30 thousand baht? And why wear expensive jewelry? You just make yourself a mark. As I said before, dumb and dumber.

Why be so hard on the guy? It didn't say how much cash he was carrying. It sounds like a wealthy guy out with friends, likely wealthy too and putting it on display. Got drunk and as the article said he was surprised to end up on his own. Bad luck is all.

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44 minutes ago, Nong Khai Man said:

Who even NEEDS to carry 20 or 30,000 Baht on A Night Out ??

I hear drinks are 200 baht and the tarts want 6k, so not an unreasonable amount for the daft and desperate brigade

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54 minutes ago, Nong Khai Man said:

Who even NEEDS to carry 20 or 30,000 Baht on A Night Out ??

That is going under the presumption that he does not have a bank card to use, which was the supposition I was replying to. He could be a heavy hitter. I know guys who blow $500 to $1000 on a night out. Not that unusual. My point was why bring more than that, and why wear really expensive jewelry, when you know there is a good chance you are going to get inebriated. Know thyself, right?

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