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28 October 2008 :: 21:10:09 pm 10244

Pattaya Police Capture Member Of Chinese Gang Responsible For 30 Hotel Burglaries

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A Pattaya police team have arrested a member of a Chinese gang which has been the prime suspect in a series of hotel thefts. The man, who was caught red handed with his high tech equipment, confessed that he was responsible for scores of thefts from hotels all over Thailand.

At 00.12 am On 28th October 2008 a team consisting of Pattaya Superintendent Pol. Col. Noppadol Wongnorm, Pattaya Deputy Superintendent Pol. Lt. Col. Supachat Piammanat, Pattaya City Mayor Mr. Ittipol Kunpluem together with members of the Pattaya immigration police and tourist police revealed they had arrested a Chinese man named Mr. Liu Hua Rong, carrying passport no . G-25801498. He was suspected of belonging to a dangerous foreign gang which specialise in the burglary of hotels in tourist areas and other popular destinations in Thailand.

The gang, consisting of 3 men and 1 woman, had been the target of a police operation for quite some time, with help from information provided by hoteliers and previous victims. They were eventually recognized by staff at the Green Park Resort, 240/5 North Pattaya, Naklua, Banglamung where they had checked in to room 404. The police were notified but managed to arrest only one gang member. The rest escaped.

            At the hotel police found a full set of their equipment including 2 small screw drivers, a cutter, a length of wire, fake key cards, a CCTV system, a battery with electric wire, transparent tape, a 6 position wrench, flexible shears, maps of Pattaya and a telephone, totalling 15 items altogether. Police took them as evidence.

Pol. Col. Noppadol Wongnorm said this gang had caused a lot harm to people and the reputation of Thailand for a long time and officials had tried hard to catch them.

On 24th October 2008, the suspects had broken into 3 rooms of the Woodland Resort, North Pattaya, 4 rooms of the Mercure Hotel and 5 rooms of The Grand Hotel, Jomtien. They stole valuables to the tune of 5 million baht whilst avoiding capture. 

    Mr. Liu Hua Rong confessed that he had trained with advanced technology and high tech equipment to break into hotel safes and safety boxes. Usually working as a team they first checked into a hotel under the female’s name and then installed CCTV along the stairs near the potential victims’ rooms. 

When the victims had left their rooms, they would use a fake key card, which they somehow managed to copy, to open the doors. It took only 45 minutes to open the safe and take all the valuables. Mr. Liu Hua Rong said that in total they had broken into hotel rooms in Thailand about 30 times.

Pol. Col. Noppadol Wongnorm said officials will be searching for and hopefully quickly catch the rest of gang, who all come from Jur Jieng Vien Jur city and were named as Mr. Woo Weu Gung (39), Mr. Wong Ching Mun (39) and Mrs. Lee Fang (39) very soon.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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