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Police blame Russian for theft of B3mn in ATM hacks

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PHUKET: Police have asked for an international arrest warrant for a Russian national believed to be involved in the theft of more than 12 million baht from ATMs across Thailand, including Phuket.

Chief investigator Panya Mamen said Rustam Shambasov, 29, was caught on surveillance video footage after stealing more than 3 million baht from over a dozen ATMs last month.

Shambasov’s identity was confirmed by a photocopy of his passport used to rent a Toyota Fortuner before launching a series of ATM ‘hacks’, along with seven other European suspects. Mr Panya said immigration records showed that Mr Shambasov arrived in Thailand on July 14 and then departed for Moscow on August 1 from Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok.

According to police, the Government Savings Bank did not report the ATM hacking incidents until recently. Police believe three teams of ATM hackers, using a total of four vehicles, hacked ATMs in Phuket, Chumphon, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phetchaburi and Bangkok.

Police said Mr Shambasov’s identity was consistent with images found on surveillance video footage at hacked ATM sites in Phuket and Bangkok. They believe he stole cash from ATMs at 13 locations in Phuket, Phetchaburi and Bangkok with amounts ranging from 80,000 to 1 million baht at each of the locations from July 15 to July 30.

Police are also gathering evidence to determine if he and other suspects were connected to thieves who stole another 4.5 million baht in multiple hacks from Government Savings Bank ATMs in Phang Nga province in March.

— The Nation



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Water shut offs to hit parts of Cherng Talay for two weeks

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The Phuket Water Authority (PWA) has announced that water supply in some areas of Cherng Talay will be shut off from March 19 – 31 at ‘some times’ during the day.

Water will be shut off while work is being carried out on moving main water pipes. Areas to be affected include parts of Cherng Talay.

“Residents in these areas should save water to use during the period of the shutoffs.  Water might have some discolouration after the repairs. We will complete the works as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

For more information, please call the PWA at 076 319 173, 082 790 1634

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25 year old electrical contractor electrocuted in Chalong, Phuket

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A 25 year old electrical contractor has died after accidentally touching a high voltage power cabling in Chalong. Police say that the power was still connected when the man was working.

Pakasit Raksakam was working on the cabling when he accidentally touched a cable that was still live, according to fellow contractors working nearby. Rescue workers arrived on Soi Na Yai off Chao Fah West road to find co-workers attempting to revive the man. He was working six metres above the ground when the incident happened some time shortly before 2pm on Saturday.

Pakasit was rushed to to the Emergency Centre of the new Chalong Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. He was a contract worker with the Sapcharoen Company.

Work colleagues say that Pakasit from Thalang was an electrical contractor installing high-voltage cabling on power poles.

Chalong Police are conducting an investigation and speaking to other contractors to determine whether to press charges.

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Water shut offs to hit parts of Patong, Kata and Karon for a week

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The Phuket Water Authority (PWA) has announced that water supply in some areas of Patong, Kata and Karon will be shut off from 9am to 5pm from March 25 – 31.

Water will be shut off while work is being carried out in the repair and maintenance of the Reverse Osmosis (RO) water pumping station in Karon.

Areas to be affected include parts of Patong, Kata and Karon.

“Residents in these areas should save water to use during the period of the shutoffs.  Water might have some discolouration after the repairs. We will complete the works as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

For more information, please call the PWA at 076 319 173, 082 790 1634 or 1662.

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