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23 September 2012 :: 15:09:19 pm 66842

Foreigners Forge Passports To Rip Off Hotel Rooms

Three Algerians and one Iranian were arrested after burglarizing numerous hotel rooms all over Pattaya. The men had forged passports to register as guests in hotels, and then would break into other rooms and burglarize them.
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PATTAYA – September 22, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]; at 9:30 a.m., the arrests of four foreign thieves was announced by Pol. Col. Thammanoon Munkong, Superintendent, Pattaya police station, Chonburi province; Pol. Lt. Col. Kiettisak Sathongoy, Deputy Superintendent; Pol. Lt. Col. Chitdecha Songhong, Inspector; Pol. Capt. Jamras Thongjinda, Deputy Inspector; and the police team.

The leader of the gang of thieves was identified as Mr. Kojr Qader Salih Kalih age 42, nationality Iraq. The three other suspects are all from Algeria, and were identified as Mr. Sofiane Rim, age 27; Mr. Zine Eddine Hadjam, age 31; and Mr. Zoubir Achor, age 39.

Police seized the stolen evidence that included an iPad, more than 10 mobile phones, a digital camera, a handbag, and cash. Police also seized the forged passports used by the defendants. The thieves had substituted their photos in stolen tourists’ passports. They then used the forged passports when renting hotel rooms.

A victimized hotel owner came to the police station to point out the suspects to confirm to arrest. The police charged the suspects with disguising and using fake documents, and for overstaying their visas in the kingdom of Thailand, and together stealing property.

Police began investigating the rash of thefts when numerous tourists and hotel owners reported burglaries of their guest rooms. Concerned that the burglaries were damaging the image of tourism in Pattaya, police detectives rushed to track down the thieves, and inspected CCTV footage from the hotels.


Eventually they tracked down the gang and arrested them. The suspects confessed to all of the accusations. The police also followed up to recover the stolen properties that the defendants had sold, in order to return the property to the victims.

Pol. Col. Thammanoon Munkong warned hotel owners and guests renting rooms to be wary of such thefts and take safety precautions. Hotel owners should periodically change the entry codes for door locks, he said.

Hotel quests should frequently change the entry codes of their room safes, which should be of good quality and not easily broken into. Additionally, people should always be looking out for suspicious behavior by other tourists or local Thais, and notify the police immediately.

The police commander emphasized that the police will rush to subdue and arrest any gang of thieves, whether Thai or foreigners, in order to ensure the safety and properties of tourists and people. He said it is the policy of the government and police to build the image of Pattaya as a secure and safe place for tourists from all over the world who travel to Pattaya.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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