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A video from CCTV camera footage shot at a clothes shop in Ao Nang, Krabi, shows a 1.32 minutes recording of a family of 3 – father, mother and a son, all western in appearance – stealing an iPhone X from the owner of the shop while pretending to be buyers.

The person who posted the video on social media is the owner of the shop who had her phone, an iPhone X worth about 47,000 Baht, stolen. Netdao ‘Amm’ Wiwatratsamee also offered 5,000 in cash reward for anyone who lead the police to arrest the robbers.

“There are so many robbers in Ao Nang. Here again, more tourist robbers. I think they were Russian. They came to the shop as a family with the father and mother about 30-40 years old and their 2 year old son. They pretended to shop inside, choosing some clothes.

The wife asked me to go to the front of the shop to grab her a product while her husband shamelessly stole my iPhone X that was charging at my cashier counter.

“I’m so furious. The phone isn’t cheap and I saved money to buy it for work. After only 7 days, it’s stolen. This incident happened on April 15 at 10 pm. I’ve already reported to police.

“The phone has already been shut down and the signal has been cut. You visit Thailand and do whatever you want. I know you stay in Ao Nang and if anyone spots this family, I’m glad to pay 5,000 Baht as a reward. I don’t want them to go back to their country without being arrested.

“Contact me directly, call 064 401 3311 or 080 370 9973.”

She said that she was alone at the shop during the robbery. After they left the shop, she still didn’t feel suspicious until she walked to the table expecting to take the phone and found only the charger left. She rushed to check the CCTV camera footage and found that the recent visitors were the robbers.

She added that she had 2 branches of the clothes shop and this branch is the newest one that opened in June last year, which has experienced 2 robberies already. The first robbery was a 700 Baht bikini. The robber returned back to the shop to rob again later before getting arrested.

“I feel disappointed and unsafe. I want to warn all the fellow citizens to be careful of these robbers who show up looking like tourists. This sting seemed to be well planned before arriving at the shop.”

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Officials says no illegal land encroachment at Phuket’s Sri Panwa resort

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After coming in for some negative attention recently, the land title deeds of Phuket’s Sri Panwa resort have been investigated and found to be in order. The 5-star hotel first attracted the attention of netizens when its owner, Vorasit Issara, publicly criticised anti-government activist Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul, calling for her arrest. His Instagram tirade prompted outrage from those who support the current protest movement, with netizens calling for a boycott of his property and leaving several negative comments on various review sites.

Shortly after, the Civil Society for State Welfare called on the Social Security Office to clarify its investment in the resort’s trust fund. This was echoed by at least one opposition MP and anti-corruption activists.

Responding to the land rights issue, the Phuket Land Office has issued a statement to say the hotel does not occupy state land. The resort stands on 56 rai of prime real estate, overlooking Phuket’s south-eastern coast. The land office has confirmed its paperwork is all in order.

Meanwhile, it’s understood Charn Issara Development, owners of the property, have threatened to sue the resort’s critics for defamation.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Covid task force calls for extension to Thailand’s emergency decree

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Thailand’s Covid-19 task force is advising the government to extend the country’s state of emergency by a further month. The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration plans to discuss the matter next Tuesday and put it to Cabinet for consideration on Wednesday.

The state of emergency, which has been extended several times since its introduction in March, is due to expire at the end of this month. However, the CCSA says an extension is vital to ensure various government agencies can work speedily to combat any threat from Covid-19, particularly as neighbouring countries experience a spike in infections.

Thailand has already taken steps to seal the porous border with Myanmar after a surge in cases means that country is now recording over 500 new infections a day.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Quarantine could be reduced to 7 days from November, if border re-opening succeeds

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Thailand’s Tourism and Sports Minister says the mandatory quarantine period for those arriving from overseas could be reduced to 7 days if there is no spike in Covid-19 infections after the border re-opens to limited arrivals from October.

Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn says more details on the planned Special Tourist Visa will be made available following a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday. The STV is expected to grant entry to long-stay arrivals from October 1. Visitors can then extend their stay by 90 days twice, meaning a stay of nearly 9 months in total.

The government is currently being extremely cautious with its plans to re-open the borders to international arrivals. However, in a Bangkok Post report today, Phiphat says that if the first 2 groups of arrivals, 300 foreign tourists in total, fulfil the 14-day quarantine period without testing positive for the virus, it may be possible to increase the number of visitors granted entry to the Kingdom.

“Only 300 tourists per week will not be enough to fill up the whole supply chain and help operators. However, the figure has to comply with the capacity of the healthcare workforce from the Public Health Ministry to prepare swab tests.”

It’s understood the Tourism Ministry has been in talks with private hospitals about supplying additional manpower to facilitate the testing being carried out at airports. Another option is to test arrivals at quarantine facilities, in order to avoid holdups at airport arrival terminals. Currently, the Phuket Provincial Health Office has the ability to conduct 1,000 tests a day.

Should the gradual re-opening in October pass without a significant spike in Covid-19 cases, Phiphat says the government may consider halving the 14-day quarantine period from mid-November. Visitors will still be required to be tested prior to arrival, several times while in quarantine, and again before being released.

“In the event there are 5 positive cases from 300 tourists, the plan to welcome foreigners has to move forward anyway. But we will set up new alternative plans to cope with the situation.”

A reduction in the quarantine period may succeed in attracting more visitors, particularly given the high cost of staying at certain alternative state quarantine facilities, which tourists must foot the bill for themselves. An increase in foreign arrivals is seen as essential to the recovery of the tourism sector in areas currently struggling to survive since the border shutdown 6 months ago.

The Tourism Council of Thailand has visited places such as Phuket, Chiang Mai, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Udon Thani, and Rayong, to talk to local business owners. In presenting its findings to the Tourism and Sports Ministry, TCT president, Chairat Trirattanajarasporn, says the government must find a solution to help the tourism sector. It predicts that once the global Covid situation is brought under control, foreign arrivals to Thailand should reach the 60 million mark and contribute 25% of the country’s GDP by 2023.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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