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10 January 2013 :: 18:01:39 pm 70225

American Busted In Bangkok For Koh Samui Heist

A 53-year-old American was arrested in front of a Bangkok spa for committing a 2 million THB theft at a Koh Samui hotel. He had drugged the hotel receptionist and security guard, and then stole cash and valuables from the 53 safe deposit boxes used by hotel guests.
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KOH SAMUI – January 9, 2013 [Pattaya Daily News]; at 4:30 p.m., the arrest of an American for stealing property from a Koh Samui hotel was announced at the Office of Immigration by Pol. Lt. Gen. Phanu Kerdlarpphol, Commissioner, Immigration Office; Pol. Maj. Gen. Ronnasil Phusara, Commander; Pol. Col. Chartchai Eam-saeng; and Pol. Col. Itthiphol Itthisarnronnachai, Deputy Commander.

The suspect was identified as Mr. Harris Jay Vertlieb, age 53, nationality American. The suspect was arrested in front of the Ananda Spa, Sukhumvi 13, Tambon North Klongtan, Amphur Wattana, Bangkok. He is charged with stealing property at night, according to the arrest warrant of Koh Samui provincial court.

Pol. Lt. Gen. Phanu said that the Office of Immigration was asked for cooperation from police headquarters section 8, to detect to follow up to track down Mr. Harris in an accusation of stealing property.

Later, on January 9, 2013, the Immigration Police, command unit 2, arrested Mr. Harris while he was walking in Soi Sukhumvit 13, Tambon North Klongtan, then restrained him to the Office of Immigration to investigate.

From the coordination of information from Borphud police station in Koh Samui, investigators discovered that the suspect had used drugs to commit his crime.

On January 7, 2013, at 2 a.m., at the Seascape Beach Resort in Koh Samui, Mr. Harris mixed a hypnotic drug with drinks in order to make the security guard and the receptionist unconscious.

After they passed out, Mr. Harris then levered the safe deposit box of the hotel behind the reception area. He got into 53 safe boxes that contained the valuable assets of hotel guests. He also stole 60,000 THB from the hotel cash drawer. Altogether the stolen assets were worth more than 2 million THB.

Initially, the officers sent the suspect to Borphud police station in Koh Samui to prosecute according to the law. Police will also seize all the stolen property in his possession.

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