Thai police return 6.5 million baht Richard Mille watch to Vietnamese tourist

Not all Thai police are bad eggs as proven by Lumpini Police officers who managed to reunite a Vietnamese tourist with an expensive Richard Mille wristwatch that he lost in Bangkok on Wednesday night.

A Vietnamese tourist took a taxi from a hotel in the Lumpini area of Bangkok to Asiatique on the river. Later on, he ordered a private taxi back to his accommodation.

Upon returning to the hotel in the middle of the night, he realised his Richard Mille RM011 watch – worth 6.5 million baht – (US$200,000) – was missing. He guessed he left it in the taxi.

Yesterday morning, the tourist reported the missing Richard Mille watch at Lumpini Police Station.

Police examined CCTV footage to find the taxi and contacted the driver. The taxi driver said he found the expensive watch on the floor behind the driver’s seat.

Police asked the driver to return the watch to Lumpini Police Station and contacted the tourist to let him know the watch had been tracked down.

The Vietnamese tourist expressed that he was impressed with both Lumpini Police officers who managed to track down the watch quickly but also with the taxi driver who was kind and honest enough to return it.

The taxi driver said that after dropping off the tourist on Wednesday night, he picked up some more passengers and dropped them off in the Sutthisan area of the city.

Those passengers actually found the watch and notified the driver. However, the driver said he had no way of contacting the Vietnamese tourist so he kept hold of the watch.

The driver said he intended to take the Richard Mille to a police station but the rapid Lumpini police force contacted him before he had the chance to.

Last week, netizens praised police in Sukhothai who tracked down and arrested a thief who robbed a German tourist’s purse in just 30 minutes. The tourist was reunited with all of her stolen items.

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Leah is a translator and news writer for the Thaiger. Leah studied East Asian Religions and Thai Studies at the University of Leeds and Chiang Mai University. Leah covers crime, politics, environment, human rights, entertainment, travel and culture in Thailand and southeast Asia.

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