Connect with us

Phuket

Phuket police nab Chinese ‘stopover thieves’

Published

 on 

PHUKET: Chalong Police have arrested three mainland Chinese they think are part of a gang who specialize in burglarizing guests at luxury hotels the world over.

Chalong Police Deputy Superintendent Narong Laksanawimol identified the three suspects at a press conference today as: Liu Shuiping, 45; Liu Jianhua, 39; and Liu Shuidong, 40. All are listed as residents of Jiangxi, China.

The three were arrested as they were leaving the grounds of the Karon Sea Sands Resort and Spa yesterday.

They tried to flee on foot, but were run down by police, officers said.

A fourth member of the gang got away and remains at large, however.

A search of the room and luggage uncovered two cameras, a mobile phone and equipment such as box cutters, rubber gloves and string allegedly used to break into the rooms of unsuspecting tourists.

The arrests followed a spate of hotel room break-ins all over the island, Lt Col Narong said.

The men confessed to the break-ins only after being shown CCTV footage catching them in the act, he said.

“They posed as tourists, staying just one night at hotels to break into other guest rooms. They initially denied all charges, but confessed after viewing the CCTV images,” he said.

Hotel owners came forward to positively identify the suspects, confirming that some of the recovered items belonged to their guests.

Phuket Immigration said the four arrived in a group of eight, which then apparently divided into two teams of four each, Lt Col Narong said.

“They refused to show how they got into the hotel rooms, but the footage shows they gained access easily. I am still amazed at how they could get in using just a small piece string and sheet of plastic,” he said.

“This team was responsible for breaking and entering as well as theft. The other team of four would receive the stolen goods and sell them or smuggle them out of the country,” he said.

The system made it difficult to recover stolen goods needed as evidence, he said.

“This allowed the gang to operate in many countries without fear of arrest,” he added.

Initial charges against the men include breaking and entry, theft, and trespassing by day and night.

“The three did not provide much information about the escapee, but we will track him down,” Lt Col Narong said.

“I would like to warn hotel owners to keep an eye out for groups of Chinese tourists that book a single room for one night,” he said.

“It is suspicious behavior because foreign tourists travelling in groups in Phuket usually stay more than a single night,” he said.

— Yodsak Jarana

 

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.

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

Follow Thaiger by email:

Crime30 mins ago

Thai court overwhelmed with evidence in Forex-3D fraud case

Tourism36 mins ago

Airport expansion plans hastened across Thailand

Thailand40 mins ago

Viral video: American man joins Thai dance in Isaan rite

Sponsored6 hours ago

International money transfers made fast, secure and transparent with DeeMoney Neo App

Politics2 hours ago

China backs Thailand to make APEC a success

Politics3 hours ago

Gen-Z students oppose an unelected senate 17 to 1

Thailand3 hours ago

Foreigner allegedly using dogs to scam Chiang Mai locals

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Cannabis News3 hours ago

Tourist breaks Singaporean law by consuming cannabis in Thailand

Northern Thailand3 hours ago

Large, endangered Indochinamon Bhumibol crab spotted

Thailand4 hours ago

Foreigner caught stealing luggage at Bangkok airport

Philippines4 hours ago

Tropical Storm Noru hits the Philippines, 5 rescue workers killed

Travel4 hours ago

Thai drinks you must try while in Thailand

Thailand5 hours ago

Passengers stranded after airport train breaks down

Cannabis News5 hours ago

Prices plummet on cannabis, farmers ask for regulation

Weather5 hours ago

Heavy rain warning in 48 provinces of Thailand

Politics5 hours ago

Unlikely Biden will make APEC meeting in Thailand

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