Connect with us


Phuket serial thieves nabbed

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: Police today announced the arrest of three teenagers being charged with breaking and entering, and theft from, at least 20 Phuket homes.

Chalong Police arrested the trio – aged 17, 16 and 14 – at about 4.30pm yesterday.

The arrests followed Chalong Police officers on patrol in Soi Thanuthep spotting a young boy riding a motorbike that had been reported stolen.

The officers stopped the 14-year-old and asked him to prove who owned the bike, which he failed to do.

The boy later confessed that he stole the motorbike from a house in Moo 6, Rawai about 5pm last Saturday, said Phuket Provincial Police Commander Pekad Tantipong, who led the press conference today.

The boy also confessed to having stolen a black Samsung mobile phone he was carrying, police said.

The boy said that he and two friends stole the phone, among other items, from a house in Soi Saiyuan 14 in Rawai, said Maj Gen Pekad.

The boy lived with the now-arrested 16-year-old in a rented room in Soi Thanuthep, where police seized a pink Canon camera and a Sony MP3 player.

The 14-year-old also admitted that both items were stolen, said Maj Gen Pekad.

Police later arrested the 17-year-old at a house in Moo 2, Rawai, where police seized six notebook computers, all believed to be stolen.

The boys also confessed that their most recent break-in was on Tuesday, when they stole items from the house of Canadian Robert Kief, 43, who also lives in Soi Saiyuan 14, Rawai.

Mr Kief, retired and living in Phuket for two years, and his wife were present at the press conference today.

They told the police they will file for damages to a door and a gate sustained in the break-in.

Mrs Kief, who lectures at Phuket Rajabhat University, also reported that three notebooks, the pink Canon camera and the Samsung mobile phone were all stolen from their house.

During questioning by the press, the 17-year-old explained how the three boys broke into the house.

He said he climbed up to the third floor and entered through a window, then walked downstairs to open the front door for the other two.

He also confessed to having been convicted on drug charges before.

The three boys confessed to committing at least 20 break-ins in recent months, said police.

Chalong Police investigation chief Maj Jaran Bangprasert said, “The property they stole from people’s homes had already been sold – it was not easy to track down.”

— Atchaa Khamlo


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

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

Follow Thaiger by email:

Best of8 hours ago

Phuket’s 5 most family-friendly resorts

Transport8 hours ago

Transport Company announces bus services are suspended until August 31

Thailand10 hours ago

Thailand News Today | 29 provinces now on curfew, booze ban in Phuket

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Insurgency11 hours ago

Volunteer ranger killed in grenade attack by suspected insurgents

Best of11 hours ago

Top 5 Spas in Koh Samui

Thailand11 hours ago

Hemp ice cream hits the Thai market

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Chon Buri12 hours ago

Chon Buri sets local order, restaurants in malls to only offer food for delivery

Thailand12 hours ago

Samut Prakan man dies in fire, possibly self-inflicted

Thailand13 hours ago

Royal Thai Police say bitterleaf can’t cure Covid

Coronavirus (Covid-19)13 hours ago

Tuesday Covid Update: 18,901 new cases, provincial totals

Thailand13 hours ago

Air Asia technician arrested for allegedly stealing electronics

Pattaya14 hours ago

“Pattaya Move On” reopening likely to be postponed as Covid cases surge

Thailand14 hours ago

3 metre long python caught near family’s house in Phuket

Thailand15 hours ago

Government says not to buy Favipiravir/Avigan online, says it might be fake

Phuket15 hours ago

Phuket bans alcohol sales at restaurants, issues order amid rise of Covid cases

Thailand5 months ago

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

Tourism5 months ago

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

Phuket5 months ago

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

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

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

Tourism5 months ago

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

Thailand6 months ago

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

Thailand7 months ago

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

Thailand7 months ago

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

Thailand7 months ago

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

Thailand7 months ago

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

Thailand7 months ago

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

Thailand7 months ago

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

Thailand7 months ago

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

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8