Connect with us

Phuket

Hotel thieves nabbed at airport

Published

 on 

Hotel thieves nabbed at airport | Thaiger

PATONG: A 20-year-old man and a 14-year-old girl were arrested at Phuket International Airport January 10 while in possession of more than 250,000 baht’s worth of Swiss francs and a digital camera they had stolen from a couple staying in Patong.



Duty Inspector Pol Lt Col Pisit Chunpet, of Kathu District Police Station, said the thieves, whom he declined to name, were from Bangkok and arrived in Phuket January 7.

They checked into the Grand Tropicana Hotel, but checked out about 7 pm the same day and checked into Patong Beach Bungalows, where Hanh Rudolf Burkhard, 58, and his wife were also staying.

About 9 pm on January 9, Mr Burkhard and his wife went out to dinner. When they returned to their bungalow shortly after midnight, Col Pisit said, they found that it had been broken into, and a 13,000-baht digital camera and the key to their box in the hotel safe (in the reception area) had been stolen.

The thieves had used the key to steal 8,340 Swiss francs (about 240,000 baht) and US$5 (about 180 baht) from the safe. The receptionist who allowed them to open the safe told police that he thought the couple were staying in the room since they had the key, Col Pisit said.

Police identified the thieves on the hotel’s closed-circuit camera recordings and searched their room, where they found a backpack still bearing airport security stickers which contained a photograph of the man.

“After seeing the airport security stickers, I deduced that the culprits had probably flown here,” said Col Pisit. “I therefore sent the picture to police at the airport and told them to be on the lookout for the pair.”

Police at the airport arrested the suspects just after 9 pm on January 10. They were taken to Kathu District Police Station, where they were both charged with theft.

Col Pisit said that he found a digital camera and the 8,340 Swiss francs stolen from Mr Burkhard’s safe in their baggage, along with 75,000 baht in cash. Mr Burkhard’s money and camera were returned to him the same evening.

Col Pisit said the pair admitted that they had stolen the money, and that they had also confessed to breaking into a room while staying at the Grand Tropicana.

The couple said they had also stolen an ATM card and the pin number, which was written down next to the card, and used it to withdraw cash before destroying the card, Col Pisit added.

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand2 hours ago

Man arrested for spycam porn, 39 videos feature Thai stars

Thailand3 hours ago

Is poor English proficiency holding Thailand back?

Thailand3 hours ago

Shopee stops all bank payments after hackers steal from customer in Thailand

Sponsored11 hours ago

Challenges of starting a business in Thailand as a foreigner

Thailand3 hours ago

Thailand News Today | CAAT warns Thai VietJet for canceling three Phuket

Crime3 hours ago

Cat killer feels no guilt over sadistic act

Koh Samui4 hours ago

Koh Samui’s Moving Market – a hidden local treat

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Visa4 hours ago

Thailand’s 10 year LTR visa most popular among Americans and Chinese

Politics4 hours ago

Thailand PM wants to groom successor in two years

Bangkok5 hours ago

VIDEO: Taxi meter rises suspiciously quickly in Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand6 hours ago

Man wins 144 million baht in Thailand’s lottery

Bangkok6 hours ago

Plumber murders and robs Thai woman in Bangkok

Drugs6 hours ago

Man returns for bag with meth pills he left at restaurant

Transport7 hours ago

Porsche sales in Thailand roaring thanks to nation’s entrepreneurs

Visa7 hours ago

Overstay crackdown uses facial recognition tech

Thailand8 hours ago

Father dies trying to save son from teenage gang

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending