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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

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Phuket airport ready for tourists after finishing Covid screening labs

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Phuket Airport is officially ready for tourists as authorities say they have finished installing Covid screening labs in an effort to welcome international travellers. The 5T Model for Covid-19 is being used at the airport with the goal of screening large groups of people in a quick and efficient manner. The Phuket health chief says the 5T’s stand for Target, Testing, Treating, Trusting and Tracing.

Phuket has one large airport at the north end of the island but is separated into two separate terminals – a domestic terminal (the original airport terminal), and a new international terminal opened in 2016.

The target category refers to the target groups of tourists while the tracing stands for software that will be used to monitor their movements. The testing category refers to Covid tests that will be implemented to travellers upon arrival along with the treatment and trust categories signifying the readiness of resources for medical treatment and confident communications between all parties respectively.

The Covid-19 lab container module has been set up at Phuket airport’s Terminal X (the terminal opened for charter flights opened in 2014) and will be tested tomorrow with its operation to start on September 30. As large groups of tourists could arrive (later in the year, the lab is reportedly capable of testing 96 people at a time with test results becoming available in 6 hours. What the airport would do withe tested passengers whilst waiting for 6 hours, has not been detailed at this stage.

Such a readiness plan to welcome foreign tourists originally singled out Phuket due to its popularity with travellers, and as a so-called guinea pig model to test in a controlled environment (Phuket is an island joined to the Thai mainland by a single 300 metre road bridge). Once dubbed the Phuket Model, authorities have proposed to rename the plan to “Special Tourist Visa” due to the confusion and opposition it reportedly caused. The scheme is reportedly now being proposed for all areas of Thailand but only allowing foreigners from specific countries.

SOURCE: Pattaya Mail

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Phuket’s Sri Panwa Resort’s land title deed to be investigated for legality by DSI

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Back in the news again. Phuket’s Sri Panwa Resort’s land title deed is now to be investigated by the Department of Special Investigation after a petition was filed to determine whether the deed was procured legally. Veera Somkwamkid, the secretary-general of the People’s Network Against Corruption, filed the petition along with 167 pages of documents pertaining to his accusations that Thawatchai Anukun, a land fraud suspect, had unlawfully issued land title deeds to plots of land in Phuket before he mysteriously died in a detention room while in DSI custody in 2016.

He was allegedly being investigated for falsifying land deeds between the years of 1998 and 2001. Veera claims before the title deed was issued on the plot, the land was part of a forest known by locals as Pa Kae.

“Back then, 10 families that had occupied the plots for about 40 years had title deed requests rejected. The reason given was the land was part of a forest reserve used by the navy.”

However, Watchara Buathong, Phuket’s current land official, says the Sri Panwa resort had legally acquired its 56-rai, none of which was ever state land. Local resident Khwanjai Khumban, backed this claim, saying her father and cousins had sold most of the land to the resort, and she could produce documents to account for at least 12 rai of the disputed area.

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Meanwhile, the Social Security Office, is also under fireas it is being asked to explain why it invested in the hotel’s trust fund. The department, which is under Thailand’s Ministry of Labour, in which its minister says he doesn’t know if the property has been legally built and points to the responsibility to the DSI to investigate. This was echoed by at least one opposition MP and anti-corruption activists.

The hotel, situated on Cape Panwa, in Phuket’s Muang district, has been under recent scrutiny due to its owner, Vorasit Issara, accusing Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul, a co-leader of the anti-government United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration group, of offending the monarchy at last weekend’s protest at Sanam Luang.

Vorasit posted on Instagram that Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul should be jailed, further falsely claiming that she is not Thai when, in fact, Panusaya was found to have been born in Nonthaburi and is a Thai citizen.

“This bullshit has got to stop. She is not Thai. Who is she working for? This one needs to be in prison”.

Such a statement has received wide backlash from netizens with some taking to Trip Advisor and other websites to post bad reviews of the resort, prompting it to suspend advertising on such sites.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post
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Female prisoner on the run after escaping from Phuket Hospital

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A female prisoner is on the run after escaping from Vachira Hospital in Phuket during a doctor’s appointment. 58 year old Siri Phodam allegedly escaped after asking her prison escort officer to use the toilet. But she took a long time to come back, and was found to have escaped. CCTV cameras caught her dressed in a blue hospital patient shirt and a sarong leaving the hospital quickly. A Phuket prison officer says the woman is 158 centimetres tall and has dark skin.

“Some of our own officers are searching for her, and we have also sent the prisoner’s description to all Phuket police stations. However, at this stage we have not found any clues.

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“If anyone finds a person matching the prisoner’s appearance, please inform us by calling 076 212 104.”

Siri was imprisoned after being charged with posessing illegal drugs and lived in Moo 2, Rawai.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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