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14 March 2013 :: 11:03:29 am 72867

Phuket burglar hits Russian’s room for B100k

A Russian tourist had belongings totalling B100,000 stolen from his hotel room on (March 11) while he was at the beach.
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PHUKET – March 12,2013; Igor Nikolaev, 29, was staying on the second floor of a hotel on Thaveewong Road. When he came back from the beach he found the room safe had disappeared and, along with it, his iPad, cash, passport and credit cards.

Called to the hotel after the theft was reported, Kathu investigator Pol Lt Col Jongseum Preecha and Pol Lt Col Somsak Thongkew took fingerprints and examined CCTV footage.

On the footage they saw a man about 180-185 cm tall wearing a grey T-shirt, grey shorts and sun glasses, with a sparse beard and moustache. He went up to the second floor, passing Mr Ikor as he left for the beach.

Investigators say that the burglar spent about 10 minutes in the room before leaving, carrying a suitcase that may have contained the room safe.

Kathu Superintendent Pol Col Jiraphat Pochanapant told The Phuket News, “The thief took the safety box. Investigator are now collecting evidence to track him down. I’m also cooperating with Immigration because we believe the thief may be part of a foreign gang.”

This case is similar to reports of two previous cases in the Karon area where burglars made off with room safes or broke them open. One was on February 17.

On that day, a Hong Kong couple returned to their room to find the door broken open and the room safe missing. In it were a mobile phone worth B4,000, B10,000 and HKD3,000 in cash, two Hong Kong ID cards, a driving license, an ATM card, a wallet and the key of their rented motorbike.

A Russian couple staying at the same hotel found the door to their room undamaged, but the room safe had been broken open. They lost USD1,400 and RUB5,000 in cash, a watch costing B1,000 and a silver ring worth B4,000.

The Phuket News was unable to confirm reports of a similar theft at another resort in the Karon area.

View the original story on The Phuket News here.

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