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DSI: 42 luxury cars stolen in Europe shipped to Bangkok

BANGKOK: Forty-two stolen luxury cars were sent from Britain to Bangkok for sale, the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) said on Friday, May 26.

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Saturday 27 May 2017, 10:11AM


Deputy DSI director-general Korawat Panpraphakorn (standing) talks about the crime involving the sale of stolen luxury cars at the DSI headquarters in Bangkok on Friday. Sitting from left are Customs director-general Kulit Sombatsiri and DSI director-general Paisit Wongmuang. Photo: Apichit Jinakul / Bangkok Post
Deputy DSI director-general Korawat Panpraphakorn (standing) talks about the crime involving the sale of stolen luxury cars at the DSI headquarters in Bangkok on Friday. Sitting from left are Customs director-general Kulit Sombatsiri and DSI director-general Paisit Wongmuang. Photo: Apichit Jinakul / Bangkok Post

The National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service, a British police unit, reported that 41 vehicles stolen in Britain and a green Lamborghini stolen in Italy and later shipped to Britain had been delivered to Thailand, DSI deputy director-general Korawat Panpraphakorn told a press conference at the DSI headquarters in Bangkok.

DSI has already located 10 of the 42 vehicles. Six were found and impounded from showrooms in Bangkok's Rama IX and Ekamai areas an Audi Q7, a BMW M4, a Honda Civic GT, a Porsche Boxster, a Lamborghini, and a Mercedes-Benz G350.

Another three two BMW M4s and a Porsche Cayenne had already been sold and a Porsche Boxster was reportedly parked in a duty-free zone of the Customs Department, he said.

Officials of the DSI and the Customs Department were trying to find the remaining vehicles.

Pol Lt Col Korawat said the thefts in Europe were similar to those reported in Malaysia and sent to Thailand in that they were reported as being stolen after the first instalments were paid to claim insurance compensation and sent to Thailand by sea for resale.

The owners of the resold vehicles would have to send them to authorities when ordered to do so. In the meantime, they could continue to use the vehicles, he said.

He also said that many importers who evaded the import tariffs would be prosecuted.

DSI director-general Paisit Wongmuang said the DSI impounded 160 luxury vehicles on May 18 and 24 as their declared prices had been unrealistically low, resulting in more than 3 billion baht in lost taxes.

Kulit Sombatsiri, director-general of the Customs Department, said it was difficult to find realistic prices and according to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, customs officials had to calculate taxes based on invoices.

The 42 suspected vehicles are two Audi, seven BMW, one Ferrari, one Fiat, one Ford, three Honda, one Lamborghini, three Land Rover, one Lexus, eight Mercedes-Benz, one Mini Cooper, three Nissan, six Porche, two Rolls-Royce and two Volkswagen.

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Jor12 | 31 May 2017 - 17:54:08

Kurt...I don't speak Latin either. Also don't know what is BP or PM is either. My question was directed to your open ended statement, " "Presume the cars go back to UK, or UK Insurances can sell them in Asia."

If an investigation is ongoing how on earth can you suggest it being a Government scandal? Knowing latin words is irrelevant given that you have wrongly identified something. You don't make any sense. 

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Kurt | 31 May 2017 - 15:19:39

Joe12/Jort12, whatever.
With your google skills, easy to learn what 'optima forma' means. It is not a dutch expression.
I am not dutch.  I did google to find the expression ..Optima Forma.  ( latin)
The articles in BP and PM speak for themselve if you READ and take time to DIGEST.
Your question about what to do ( insurance company), I wrote that suggestion already this morning..
READ, Jort12/Joe12, let it sink in your brain, before running a hasty reaction on Kurt just for the sake of reacting on Kurt :-)

Actually a bit silly to ask me how this scandal can be a Government scandal optima forma if you not know what Optima Forma means. Right?

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Jor12 | 31 May 2017 - 14:52:03

Kurt...how the hell can it be "...a Government scandal optima forma" (Whatever optima forma means - I don't speak Dutch). 

If you had read the previous article, it states that the Customs Officers are ..."allegedly involved in forging invoices." You best wait for the outcome of the investigation before you start speaking.

So, if you were the Insurance Company CEO, what would you do? Ship them back or sell them where located?

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Kurt | 30 May 2017 - 23:53:40

It is a Government scandal optima forma! Oei-oei.
According BangkokPost and PN the DSI targets 9 high ranking Thai Custom officers.
Among them are 2 Deputy-Generals of the thai customs Department.

Insurance companies in UK are the owners of the stolen cars, if owners were compensated after their cars were stolen.
 Presume the cars go back to UK, or UK Insurances can sell them in Asia.
Enough rich people in Asia.

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Jor12 | 30 May 2017 - 11:43:48

Kurt... If you read the article it says.."they were reported as being stolen after the first instalments were paid to claim insurance compensation and sent to Thailand by sea for resale." In other words the crooks were pretty good at what they do and by exploiting the system. Nothing to do with governments. Bit like illegal drug cartels, that can run billion dollar empires, which are more than a measure of CEO's of world's largest NGO's.

Well, it is rather "difficult to find realistic prices" given that market forces regulates the cost of most commodities which, in the case of luxury vehicles, there is very little market force. Not many can afford a 17 - 30M THB Lamborghini. So the trick is trying to work out the price of the vehicle. In any event the cost is irrelevant, given that they are stolen. Turn up to the auction and you will find what the market is prepared to pay for them.

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Kurt | 27 May 2017 - 14:05:51

42 Stolen cars from UK passed the Thai Customs upon arrival in Thailand and could drive freely from thai customs clearance area to car dealers?
This is a thai government scandal in optima forma. Oei-oei!

But the 400 new environmental friendly busses for Bangkok are still with the Customs, because of a import tax fight between departments.

Same-same, but different.  Lovely stories.

Also the lame excuse that it is difficult to find realistic prices, what a nonsense!

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