Pattaya Daily News

16 March 2011 :: 15:03:17 pm 51605

Iranian Man Was Accredited For Stealing

An Iranian man was arrested for stealing a UK man’s credit card after the suspect returned the purchased shirt, which was paid for with the stolen card.
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Pattaya, 16th March 2011 [Pattaya Daily News]: At 00:10, Police Major, Wissarut Songhong, Investigating Officer of Pattaya Department, Chonburi along with the investigating team arrested Mr. Asghar Haji Khan Mirzaci, a 34-year-old Iranian. He was suspected of stealing a credit card when he returned the purchased shirt to Lacoste shop located at Central Festival, Pattaya Beach. He had receipts of many items, all worth at approximately 20,000 Baht.

The victim, whose credit card was stolen, came to the police to report his stolen properties. The victim, Mr. Wayne Holmes, aged 51, from UK came with his Thai girlfriend, Miss Orapan Aengchuan, aged 31.

Mr. Wayne stated that he has an apartment in the UK but came to Pattaya to live two weeks ago. He stayed at room No.305 JPK Apartment (locates at Noenplubwan Soi, Nongprue, Banglamung). At around 11 p.m. on 6th March, his girlfriend and he went back their room and found the door unlocked. His deposit safe was missing along with other items, including 3,000 Pound cash, a Canon digital video camera, a laptop, 2 mobile phones, 8 credit cards, jewelry and important documents – total worth of about 300,000 Baht. The victim reported to the police immediately and then froze his credit cards. Unfortunately, the victim discovered that his Paypal credit card has been used at around 9 p.m. on 6th March at Central Festival Pattaya Beach.

On 15th March, at around 10 p.m. the Lacoste shop assistant called the victim and informed him that a Middle-Eastern man has used his credit card to buy some items from the store. The police and the victim hurried to the scene.

The suspect argued that a Thai woman sold him the credit card and hence he was not committed of stealing. Later, the officer searched the victim’s house (Room No. 158/227 3rd Floor, Nirand Grand Condominium, Middle Pattaya) and found a few documents. However, the victim’s properties were not found.

The police were not convinced by the suspect’s statement. The police believed that this theft was the work of an Iranian gang.

Reporter : Yanwarrut   Photo : Yanwarrut   Category : Community News

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