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US$50,000 reward offered over jewelry heist

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US$50,000 reward offered over jewelry heist | The Thaiger

BANGKOK: CB Fine Jewelry is offering a reward of US$50,000 for information that will lead to the arrest of Anthony “Dirk” De Weirdt, a Belgian national and the former factory manager of CB Fine Jewelry, in connection with the alleged theft of gems and jewelry said to total 18 million baht from the Bangkok jewelers.

Bangrak District Police issued an arrest warrant for De Weirdt, 43, after the valuables were reported missing on Tuesday. The list of items reported includes half-finished jewelry, such as rings, earrings, bracelets, and pendants in 18-karat white gold and a combination of 18k yellow and rose gold. Loose diamonds are also said to be missing.

The theft is alleged to have taken place last Saturday (October 23), although the missing items were not noticed until three days later because of the bank holiday on the Monday.

Suspicions were aroused when Mr De Weirdt failed to turn up for work on Tuesday.

Police officers visited De Weirdt’s apartment and a hotel room that he had rented in the Sathorn area only to find that he had vacated them some days earlier.

De Weirdt, who is described as tall, slim and light-skinned, is thought to use several aliases, including Dominique Jean Denis Verbestel.

It is reported that he also carries a British passport in the name of Richard P. Branson, and police suspect that he may be traveling on forged travel documents.

De Weirdt has lived in Thailand for some time and is thought to speak some Thai as well as English, French and Dutch.

It is believed that before De Weirdt arrived in Thailand, he owned a diamond-setting shop in Antwerp, and that while there he allegedly committed fraud against several stone suppliers. This is said to have taken place before he moved to the Canary Islands and the Caribbean, before coming to Thailand.

Any person having information about the alleged crime or the suspect is asked to call – at any hour – Tel: 01-9363643 (English), 01-7813115 (Dutch), 09-8938830 and 01-3473054 (Thai), or Email: [email protected]

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Phuket declares rabies outbreak zone in Chalong

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Phuket declares rabies outbreak zone in Chalong | The Thaiger

A district livestock development office in Phuket province has announced a Rabies outbreak zone in the Chalong area yesterday.

Sutat Niyomthai, Chief of livestock development officer of Mueang Phuket District, has announced that the Baan Na Yai, Moo 4 village in Tambon Chalong is a designated outbreak zone after a dog tested positive for Rabies.

A rabies temporary control zone will run from January 17 to February 16 in a radius around the Moo 4 village in Tambon Chalong:

• North to Baan Ketho in Moo 7, Kathu.

• South: to Baan Bang Kontee in Moo 5, Rawai.

• East: To Baan Borea in Moo 6, Wichit.

• West: To Karon Temple in Moo 1, Karon.

Phuket declares rabies outbreak zone in Chalong | News by The ThaigerPhuket declares rabies outbreak zone in Chalong | News by The Thaiger

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Chumphon woman, working in Phuket, wins first prize in lottery

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Chumphon woman, working in Phuket, wins first prize in lottery | The Thaiger

A woman from Chumphon, who helps out her sister in Phuket, returned to her hometown last week where she bought a lottery ticket.

The ticket won her the first prize in the lottery.

38 year old Thai woman Chonrada Laimer from Chumphon went to Chalong Police Station yesterday with the first prize lottery ticket number 197079. The weekly lottery numbers were announced yesterday. She claims 6 million baht as the first prize.

Khun Chonrada says, “I am from Chumphon. I help my sister to sell goods in Rawai during high season. I had to visit my home in Chumphon last week and bought the lottery ticket there. It is the number of my car number plate. Then I returned to Phuket.”

“I am very happy. I will use this money to fix my parent’s house. I will still help my sister to sell goods.”

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Australian woman deported for overstaying visa by over 100 days

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Australian woman deported for overstaying visa by over 100 days | The Thaiger

PHOTOS: Facebook/Claire Johnson

An Australian woman, who was caught overstaying her visa by 111 days, will be released from detention and deported by Thai authorities tonight.

She came to the media’s attention on Monday after sending urgent messages to a friend saying that she was being taken to a detention centre and that “they are taking my phone”.

46 year old Claire Amelia Johnson is an Australian Gold Coast resident. She will depart Bangkok on a QANTAS flight scheduled to arrive in Sydney tomorrow (Friday) morning.

She was due to return to Australia more than a week ago but on Monday evening sent messages to her friend Juliet Potter and told her that she was in an immigration detention centre in Bangkok and begged her to please “help me”.

Read The Thaiger story about her desperate pleas HERE.

Ms Johnson had been running a medical tourism business called Cosmetic Holidays International that offered cosmetic packages in Phuket”.

The business was voluntarily deregistered with the Australian Securities Commission in May 2017, after five years of operation, but her social media accounts continued to promote her cosmetic-surgery tourism business.

Thailand’s immigration chief, Surachate Hakparn, told Australia’s Fairfax media that Ms Johnson had been arrested, as well as fined, and would be deported after overstaying her tourist visa by more than 100 days.

“My Immigration Department will send her to Australia. She leaves tonight.”

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade would say only that it was “providing consular assistance to an Australian woman detained in Thailand”, without naming Claire.

Australian woman deported for overstaying visa by over 100 days | News by The Thaiger

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