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Phuket police hunt for fake passport ‘Swede’ in rental motorbike theft

PHUKET: Police are searching for a foreign man in Phuket who is suspected of presenting a fake Swedish passport in order to rent – and not return – rental motorbikes.

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The Phuket News

Tuesday 27 June 2017, 12:09PM

Worachet Onkon, 31, owner CK Phuket Bigbike Rental shop in Rawai, raised the alarm last week when he reported to the Chalong Police that one of his rental motorbikes had not been returned.

“This foreigner came to my shop at 3:05pm on May 31 and rented a black PCX motorbike, license plate 4043,” Mr Worachaet told The Phuket News.

“He was to return the motorbike on June 4, but he has not come back,” he added.

The man presented a Swedish passport identifying him Bengt Hakoh Andreasson, 63, from Stockholm.

“My staff did not realise that this man might do this. He gave his passport to us to make a copy in order to rent a motorbike, like we usually do,” Mr Worachet said.

“Later, I heard from other shops that this man used this passport to steal their rental motorbikes too,” he alleged.

Capt Somkiet Sarasit, an inspector at Chalong Police Station, told The Phuket News yesterday (June 26), “After I received the report from Mr Worachet, I checked with Phuket Immigration Officers, but they were unable to confirm that this man using this passport had even entered the country.

“It is not easy to follow up on a foreigner who is using fake passport. By questioning victim (Mr Worachet), Mr Andreasson has committed similar crimes many times in Phuket,” he added.

Capt Somkiet noted that the foreigner might be working in collusion with other people in carrying out the rental motorbike thefts.

“It is possible that he did this with other people as a team in Phuket, because Mr Worachet told me that someone dropped him off at rental shop,” he said.

“We are working on this case now. I will try my best to catch him.” he added.

“We have given photos of the black PCX motorbike and copies of the passport to other police stations to help search for him.

“If anyone has seen this man or the motorbike, please call me at 092-4602066,” Capt Somkiet said.



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skip | 28 June 2017 - 13:34:25

What goes round, comes around. If you keep ripping off the  tourists with exorbitant costs for minor damages, you have to expect the same will happen to you. Its a "broken" industry riddled with corruption by both the rental company and the p*l*ce. Frankly, they had it coming. Dishonesty is a disgraceful trait of certain greedy and corrupt persons in phuket and they are damaging tourism and the reputation of thailand. Funnily they get media coverage when they are ripped off but the tourists get NO MEDIA coverage.

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Mj | 27 June 2017 - 16:31:15

A Swedish passport is only valid for 5 years. This one 10 years ! ! !

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