Vietnamese man to be deported after robbing Dutchman on Koh Samui

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A Vietnamese man who stole 15,000 baht and an iPhone from a Dutch tourist on Koh Samui is set to be deported after he faces penalties. The suspect, Tueng, snatched the iPhone and cash from the victim’s bag at an entertainment venue, according to Bo Phut Police. The victim, 25 year old Hanifi Mert, filed a complaint on August 20.

Bo Phut Police Chief Colonel Yutthana Sirisombat said police checked CCTV footage, and later arrested Tueng near Chaweng beach. Yutthana said Tueng admitted he stole the belongings. Yutthana added…

“He sent the mobile phone via parcel to Bangkok and received 4,000 baht. We have finally seized the mobile phone back and returned it to Mr Mert.”

Tueng faces charges of theft, and illegally entering the country. Yutthana said Tueng had worked as a seller in Koh Samui for over 10 years and could speak Thai, but did not have a visa. He said Tueng had paid someone 7,000 baht to help him get into Thailand.

Yutthana did not mention whether or not Mert had gotten any of his 15,000 baht back. He noted, however, that Mert was “very happy” and grateful to the police. He said Mert plans to do business in Koh Samui and will tell his friends to visit the tropical island.

SOURCE: The Phuket Express

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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