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Wanted Aussie fugitive arrested in Patong

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PHUKET: Police arrested an Australian fugitive in Patong at 11pm Tuesday night.

Patong and Tourist Police, joined by officers of the Australian Federal Police (AFP), arrested 58-year-old Robert Gordon Pollybank Gee at Bar Funk on Bangla Road. Mr Gee is allegedly wanted in Australia for the possession and sale of drugs, possession of restricted chemical substances and falsifying documents for an Australian passport application.

“AFP officers informed us that the suspect was spotted in the area,” said Phuket Tourist Police Chief Naruewat Puthawiro. “They went with us and we found him at the bar. After confirming that his appearance matched the arrest warrant, we asked him for his identification. He was in possession of a Canadian passport under the name Roy Greyeyes.”

Mr Gee was taken to the Phuket Tourist Police Office in Patong for interrogation and identification. He was charged with illegally entering the Kingdom by Phuket Police at 8am yesterday.

“We questioned him until he admitted that after he fled Australia in 2011, he came to Thailand without going through any immigration checkpoint. He has been staying in Phuket illegally since that time. He also said that he got the Canadian passport in 2013 and had been using it until he was arrested,” Maj Naruewat said.

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