Connect with us

Phuket

Serial Phuket resort thief nabbed

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published 

 on 

PHUKET: A joint investigation by police from Karon, Kathu and Phuket City has resulted in the arrest of a Bangkok couple who stand accused of robbing guest rooms at nine high-end hotels and resorts in Phuket.

Ritthimeth Singhaumpai, 33, and Sasithorn Seekam, 22, were arrested on Wednesday after they entered the Jungceylon car park in a black-on-black Mercedes-Benz E200 sports sedan.

The arrests came after officers began following the couple, having noticed that the make and model of the Mercedes was same as the one that had been caught on CCTV at many of the resorts where the robberies had occurred.

However, the Mercedes caught on CCTV was white.

“It had the same Krabi-registered license plates as those caught on CCTV, so we moved in to question the driver. Afterward, we learned that the color of the car had been changed by covering the vehicle with black stickers,” explained Karon Deputy Superintendent Sophon Borrirak.

Also, the license plates fitted to the Mercedes were originally issued to a Mazda, he added.

A search of the car revealed many items believed to have been stolen from hotel guest rooms.

“Police seized 79 items, including a Sony Digital Camera; two screwdrivers; 16 rings; six bracelets; 12 necklaces; 10 earrings; 11 watches; three iPods; five Mastercard debit cards; and in cash seized 3,090 euros, 44,710 baht, US$10,000 dollars, AUS$6,215 and nominal amounts in other currencies,” said Lt Col Sophon.

Mr Ritthimeth stands accused of a spate of break-in robberies. Among them are incidents at the Baumancasa Karon Beach Resort on February 18 and April 21, when guests’ rooms were broken into and their room safes robbed.

Other robberies took place at the Thavorn Palm Beach Resort Karon on March 4, when guest-room doors were forced open and their belongings stolen; and at the Kata Beach Resort and Spa on April 24, when seven guest rooms were robbed, said Col Sophon.

“The CCTV footage from the hotels shows a white Mercedes E200 with the same Krabi license plates arriving at the hotels at about the same time the robberies occurred,” he added.

Hotel security cameras also positively identified Mr Ritthimeth at the Duangjitt Resort and Spa in Patong on April 27 and at the Phuket Graceland Resort and Spa on April 26. Both resorts were robbed on the corresponding dates.

During questioning, Mr Ritthimeth claimed to be the son of a prominent Thai government official.

“He claimed he was the son of the well-known official and that the Mercedes he was driving had a sticker on the windscreen marking the ’24th Session of Parliament, 362 MPs’,” Col Sophon said.

“However, he did not name which MP he was supposedly the son of. Also, it is difficult to confirm whether or not the stickers are genuine as they are pretty easy to get,” Col Sophon added.

Mr Ritthimeth was charged with breaking and entering private property and committing theft at night.

Ms Sasithorn was charged with receiving stolen property.

Police are still investigating whether or not Mr Ritthimeth was involved in any other recent hotel robberies in Phuket.

“We have yet to confirm whether he was involved in robberies at The Bliss Hotel on March 11 and April 20, at the Royal Paradise Hotel on February 11, at the Patong Merlin Hotel on March 24 or at the Patong Resort on February 27,” Col Sophon added.

— Kritsada Mueanhawong

 

Want more Thailand news from the Thaiger family?

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
📝️ Join the conversation on Thaiger Talk - discuss news & life in our Thailand forums
📧 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🔔 Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates

image

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:

Coronavirus (Covid-19)7 hours ago

PM Prayut asks everyone to work together towards reopening

Coronavirus (Covid-19)9 hours ago

Bangkok restrictions lifted on 8 categories, including swimming

Patong10 hours ago

Tar balls spreading in Phuket hit Patong Beach

Phuket Sandbox July 1st

days
hours
minutes
seconds

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

Phuket12 hours ago

Officials predict 600,000 tourists to Phuket following reopening

Phuket12 hours ago

Technician electrocuted to death while trying to fix jacuzzi

Pattaya12 hours ago

Pattaya pushes for August 1 Sealed Route reopening plan

Thailand13 hours ago

Mother alleges that Doctor mistakenly gave her 10 year old sleeping pills

Bangkok13 hours ago

1 million Sinopharm doses arrive today

Tourism14 hours ago

Full reopening guidelines for Phuket and Samui

Coronavirus (Covid-19)14 hours ago

Covid UPDATE: 3,682 new cases, 20 covid-related deaths, provincial totals

Thailand15 hours ago

Poll shows schools, students, parents, “not ready” for online learning

Chon Buri15 hours ago

Man returns lost parakeet, gets rewarded with BBQ

Thai Life16 hours ago

Thai Lion predicts football matches, other abilities currently unknown

Tourism16 hours ago

Reopening details for Phuket, Samui and beyond laid out

Coronavirus (Covid-19)17 hours ago

Multiple Chiang Rai schools to close after infections found

Thailand4 months ago

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

Tourism4 months ago

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

Phuket4 months ago

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

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

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

Tourism4 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Trending