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23 March 2013 :: 16:03:52 pm 73218

More Bus Drivers Caught Stealing From Passengers

Four Hino bus employees were arrested after undercover officers caught them stealing from passengers’ luggage on a bus trip from Surat Thani to Bangkok. The suspects had pierced a hole in the wall behind the driver’s seat to enter the luggage compartment. They also tested positive for drugs.
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PHRANAKORN, BANGKOK – March 22, 2013 [Pattaya Daily News]; The arrests of four bus employees for secretly stealing items from passengers’ luggage on long trips was announced by police at a press conference. Police arrested the suspects at central Rajadamnern Road in Phranakorn.

The suspects had stolen property from their unsuspecting passengers while they were traveling from Surat Thani to Bangkok. The gray Hino coach bus is owned by the Tuathai Channont Travel company limited.

The suspects were identified as Mr. Anek Ornworn, 31 years old; Mr. Phuwanart Jongjit, 38 years old; Mr. Sirat Siripaibul, 27 years old; and Mr. Pisit Khonyou, 33 years old.

The evidence seized by police included 2 credit cards, a Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone, 2 gold rings, 2 communication radios, 91 habit leaves, 11 dollar bank notes, 20 Yuan bank notes, and 1,740 baht cash.

Police said their undercover investigation began when the tourist police received theft reports from a lot of tourists who said their items had been stolen on bus trips. Police discovered that the suspects had mixed themselves into the staff of the coach buses, and intended to steal property from the luggage while the tourists were sleeping on the bus.

On March 21 at 2 p.m., the Hino coach bus being driven by the suspects departed from Surat Thani to travel to Bangkok. When they reached Bangkok, the bus stopped at the front of the Lottery department at Rachadamnern road.

Undercover police officers who had mixed with the tourists on the bus then showed their identities, and asked to search the bus. The officers also asked the tourists to check their property. The tourists discovered that many of them were missing items from their luggage.

So the police asked to search the bus driver and the staff, and found many of the missing items belonging to 8 foreign tourists.

During questioning by police, the bus driver Mr. Anek confessed to the thefts. While he was driving, the other 3 staff members would find occasions when the tourists were asleep or careless to crawl into the luggage room. They entered through a hole they cut out from the wall behind the driver’s seat cushion.

The thieves used a flashlight to see in the darkness, and they would search the passengers’ luggage looking for items to steal. Later they would sell the stolen property. If they stole foreign currency, they would convert it to Thai baht. They would then divide the profits among themselves.

Usually each man averaged about 10,000 profits from the thefts. They admitted to stealing items on two previous bus trips. The police subjected the suspects to urine tests, which showed the color purple, indicating the presence of drugs. The suspects said the habit leaves were for their own consumption, and were not for sale.

The police informed the suspects that they will be charged with together stealing property from other people who were traveling in a vehicle at night, for possessing other people’s electronic cards for using illegally, and causing damage to other people or the public.

They were also charged with driving a vehicle while consuming a Type-1 drug (meth), and then sent the suspects to the detectives of Chanasongkram police station to prosecute.

Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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