The maid, 32-year-old Sandar Win Wan Dee, was tracked down to room number “666” of an unnamed guest house on Soi Patong Whiskey on Monday afternoon.
She was caught in possession of a brown purse that contained many of the stolen items, Deputy Superintendent Serm Kwannimit told a press conference at Phuket Provincial Police Headquarters on Wednesday afternoon.
Among the items stolen were a diamond bracelet, a diamond necklace, three pairs of diamond earrings, two diamond rings, two gold necklaces and almost 400,000 baht in cash, said Lt Col Serm.
Yupa Waiyasit, 52, filed a complaint with the Phuket Provincial Police on Monday after she realized she had been robbed.
“She worked for me as a maid five or six months ago, but left after less than a month, claiming she wanted to go back home,” Ms Yupa explained.
“I suspected she might be the thief because she knew the house well and where I kept my valuables,” she said.
Ms Wan Dee was charged with burglary and vandalism at Ms Yupa’s home on Nanai Road, said Lt Col Serm.
The suspect confessed that she planned to leave Thailand yesterday, he added.
The items recovered were returned to Ms Yupa, but some items had already been sold to gold shops in Patong and Phuket Town, he explained.
Lt Col Serm stressed the importance of keeping records of employees’ personal identification information in case they need to be tracked down.
— Kritsada Mueanhawong
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