Isan man arrested for stealing holiday money from Greek tourist

PHUKET: Phuket police have arrested and charged the man suspected of stealing €4,900 (about B182,400) from a Greek tourist’s car in late January. The suspect has already admitted to committing the crime.

The tourist police are investigating the crime scene. Photo: Phuket Tourist Police

As previously stated, the victim – Alexandros Alexiad, or simply “Alex” – arrived in Phuket on December 26 with his wife Lesia and their three children: Illia, a 14-year-old son; his 11-year-old daughter, Liza; and their youngest daughter of 5 years, Vasiliki. The family is due to return home to Greece on February 25.

The family stayed in the Karon sub-district, namely in Kata Ocean View Condominium Phase 3. The Greeks kept their vacation money in a rental car as the condo staff said they were not in able to open their home safe. The option to put the money in the manager’s office safe was not suggested, leaving Alex unaware they had one. money was not left in the room That is due to the concerns of the cleaning staff.

On January 25, Alex parked his car in the parking lot and the next morning the money was gone.

I found the driver’s door ajar. At first I thought I probably left it unlocked, but now I see the car automatically locks if not driven,” Alex explained.

The car was parked in a blind spot from the development’s CCTV security cameras, but other parts of the car park were covered by CCTV.

the entrance [to the parking lot] is visible from the cameras, but the car was parked in a blind spot,” he said.

Having learned of the theft, the tourist offered a reward for full or partial return of his vacation money but to no avail. As part of his efforts, Alex posted a message in Thai on the rear window of the car saying, “You took all my money. I’m here with my family and my three kids. If you want to return the money, you can keep some of it and I won’t involve you with the police.”

“I posted a copy of this on the car and all over the parking lot, because I wanted to touch his feelings,” Alex explained.

However, Alex and his family received B51,000 from an anonymous donor “to help the family for the rest of their vacation”. The money was handed over by a representative of the “Knights Border” Facebook page, which acts as a police and community support network. The donor, through the representative, expressed his sympathy for the family and hoped the money would help the children enjoy the rest of their holiday and to let the family know that “the Thai people have not abandoned them”.

More good news followed later. On February 5, Phuket Police gathered enough evidence to obtain an arrest warrant for the suspect, Mr. Kanaphong (First) Sakorncharoen of Udon Thani Province. Around 5 p.m. the same day, he was apprehended in front of a Family Mart store at the entrance to Soi Pramote on Chaofa West Rd in Chalong. The man was taken to Karon police station and charged with night robbery using a vehicle.

During the arrest and subsequent proceedings, officers also seized €500 in cash (the rest of the stolen foreign currency), a Phuket-registered Honda Scoopy motorbike (the vehicle used to commit the crime), a black hoodie, trousers and Fila sneakers (worn by the suspect on the day of the incident) ).

Mr. Kanaphong admitted to having committed the crime. The man explained that he noticed an unlocked car in the parking lot, got inside and escaped with the money found in the vehicle. Mr Kanaphong said he exchanged most of the money “for expenses, until there was €500 left”. It is not clear if the suspect has already spent the rest of the money or if there is any untouched money left in Thai baht.