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Pattaya Daily News

06 February 2013 :: 14:02:58 pm 71579

Cambodian Boards Bus To Steal Tourist’s Purse

Bangkok Police arrested an illegal Cambodian immigrant who was part of a roaming gang that stole from tourists. The thief followed a British woman who was boarding a bus, and then slyly stole her purse. But other bus riders saw the theft and informed the bus driver, who called police.
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BANGKOK – February 5, 2013 [Pattaya Daily News]; at 10 p.m., the arrest of a thief for taking the purse of a tourist behind her back was announced by Pol. Lt. Col. Leusak Damnernsawat, Deputy Superintendent, Bang Phlad police station; together with Pol. Capt. Phattharaphol Rattanawan, Deputy Inspector.

The suspect was identified as Mr. Nga Pan age 23, nationality Cambodian. The theft occurred on bus number 203 at Bang Phlad cross, Tambon Bang Phlad, Amphur Bangphlad.

The victim whose purse was taken without her knowledge was identified as Ms. Rebecca Maria, nationality British, an English teacher at Wat Rakhang girls school.

Pol. Lt. Col. Leusak revealed that at 9.30 p.m. he was notified from Mr. Suchart Sirikhean, the bus driver, that a thief had pickpocketed a female foreign passenger on the bus, so Mr. Suchart drove the bus to park at the police sentry box at Bang Phlad cross.

When the police officers boarded the bus, they found Mr. Nga sitting on the right back seat and was being blockaded by the other passengers to stop him from escaping.

After searching his body, police found the victim’s small pink purse with some bank notes and important documents, so the police restrained him to investigate.

Initially, Mr. Nga confessed that he had lived in Thailand for 4 years and had pickpocketed tourists twice. Previously he had worked as a general laborer, but later became unemployed.

So he and his Cambodian friends formed a gang to pickpocket victims. They would separate to look for the foreign victims to pickpocket, or try to snatch and run away with their property. Sometimes they molested their victims.

In this incident where he was caught, the thief had followed the victim from Wat Rakhang girls school, Tambon Sirirach, Amphur Bangkok Noi.

She had walked to the bus stop opposite of the Pata Pinklao Department Store, Tambon Bang Yee Khan, Amphur Bang Phlad. When the victim got on bus number 203, he followed her into the bus.

Then while they were inside the bus, he stood behind her, and then took her purse from her handbag. But the other people on the bus saw the theft, so they informed the bus driver, who called the police.

The victim, Ms. Rebecca, said she has only been in Thailand for 3 months, and was frightened by this theft. But she gratefully thanked the people who assisted her, and said she really appreciates the goodness of honest Thai people so much.

The police charged the Cambodian trouble maker in an accusation of stealing property and entering Thailand illegally, then restrained him to prosecute further according to the law.

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