Pattaya Daily News

09 February 2013 :: 14:02:08 pm 71675

Scheming Iranian Host Steals From Countrymen

A 47-year-old Iranian man was arrested for stealing from two compatriots while entertaining them during a business deal. The suspect had left the visiting Iranians stranded at a Bangkok massage parlor, while he returned to Pattaya where he stole cash and valuables from their hotel room.
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PATTAYA – February 9, 2013 [Pattaya Daily News]; at 6 a.m., a report of an Iranian man stealing property from two countrymen he had befriended was received by Pol. Capt. Somchai Chaikananukul, vice suppression division inspector of Pattaya police station. He sent police officers to detain the suspect and bring him to the police station.

The theft was reported by Ms. Porntiwa Hormsiri with the law authority who located the suspect, who was staying in the Memerin hotel in south Pattaya. The Iranian victim had told Ms. Porntiwa that the suspect had befriended him, but later stole his property.

The suspect was identified as Mr. Aree, 47 years old, nationality Iranian. Police seized the evidence of a Panasonic digital camera, but did not recover the cash that the victim also reported stolen. The victim was identified as Mr. Majid Arabi, 41 years old, also Iranian.

Ms. Porntiwa told Pattaya police that Mr. Majid and his friend came to Thailand, and were met by Mr. Aree at the airport. Mr. Aree was conducting business with Mr. Majid, who was the owner of a company that was selling a condominium.

Mr. Aree persuaded them to stay in Pattaya, claiming he had opened a restaurant there. So Mr. Majid and his friend came to Pattaya and rented a room in a hotel on soi Buakhao. Mr. Aree then suggested that Mr. Majid and the friend travel around Bangkok, where they visited a massage parlor. Mr. Aree left the two Iranians there while he escaped back to Pattaya.

Mr. Aree went to Soi Buakhao hotel where the two Iranians were staying and asked for the room key, which the cashier gave to him. Mr. Aree went into their room and took all their property and then escaped. The stolen property included $2,200 in U.S. dollars, 9,600 Thai baht, and a camera, totaling more than 80,000 baht in losses.

After discovering the theft, Mr. Majid notified Ms. Porntiwa, who investigated and discovered the suspect was staying at the Memerin hotel, so she called the police.

During questioning, Mr. Aree denied the accusations and still acted like he was not afraid. He dared the journalists to meet him later at 10 o’clock, and claimed he had many friends who were foreign police officers on Walking Street to help him.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Crime News

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