Pattaya Daily News

02 April 2013 :: 10:04:50 am 73499

Canadian Theft Victim Offers 100,000 THB Reward

Burglars stole about 4 million THB worth of cash and valuables from a Pratumnak Hill townhouse with a history of burglaries. Two foreign couples had just moved in and opened a travel agency on the first floor. A 100,000 THB reward is offered for the return of their property.
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PATTAYA – March 31, 2013 [Pattaya Daily News]; At 1 a.m., a report of valuable property being stolen from foreigners’ townhouse was received by Pol. Lt. Capt. Sombat Kaewmulmuk, detective officer of the shift, Pattaya police station.

The burglary occurred at a townhouse at 338/12, moo 12 Khao Phratamnak Rd. south Pattaya, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi. The crime scene was a 4-story building containing a newly-started business and the living quarters of the owners.

The new business was a travel agency owned by a Canadian foreigner, and named “PATTAYA HOP ON HOP OFF TOURS LTD.” The travel agency was set up on the building’s ground floor and opened as an office to service clients, with office equipment.

The second floor was divided into a kitchen and a living room. The 3rd and 4th floors contained the bedrooms. The rooms had all been searched and their contents were scattered everywhere.

The main victim and travel company owner was identified as Mr. Fred Mitschele, 46, Canadian. He told police he had rented the townhouse and opened a travel agency only 3 weeks ago. This was the second branch of his agency, and the new office had not been completed yet.

The burglars had hit when he and his wife went out to have dinner with another foreign couple who were their business partners. Mr. Fred occupied the 3rd floor of the townhouse and the other couple occupied the 4th floor.

The couples returned to the townhouse after dinner, and when they reached the 2nd floor, they knew they had been robbed. So they called their staff employees and notified the police.

The thieves had taken $60,000 cash in U.S. dollars, a wrist watch, a Samsung galaxy tablet, and many other items. The most important thing they stole was a white MacBook notebook, serial number W88411X75HS. The MacBook contained a lot of data on his travel company, Mr. Fred said. Altogether the total value of the stolen property was around 4 million baht. The victims said if anyone could return to them all their stolen property, they would pay a 100,000 baht reward.

The police investigated further, and discovered that the victims had not installed any CCTV, because they had only moved in a short while ago. The police believed there was likely more than one thief, and they appeared to be professional burglars.

The police suspect the thieves had been keeping an eye on the new tenants in the townhouse for a while, and when they had opportunity, they committed the crime. The police did not know which way the thieves had broken in, because the doors of every floor had been all opened and there were no obvious signs of a forced entry.

The townhouse has a history of previous break-ins. There were between 4-5 previous renters who had been burglarized, and they moved out after being robbed. But they had not told the police to find the thieves.

So the Pattaya residents living nearby asked the police to catch this gang of burglars as soon as possible, because they were afraid that someday they would be the next victims.

Reporter : Samart   Photo : Samart   Category : Crime News

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