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Belgian phone store shoplifters arrested at Phuket Airport

PHUKET: A Belgian tourist wanted for stealing a car mobile phone holder worth B699 from a Phuket Town shop was arrested yesterday (June 12) at Phuket International Airport while he was waiting to board a flight out of the country.

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Eakkapop Thongtub

Tuesday 13 June 2017, 12:39PM

After 17 days of searching for Belgian tourist Olivier Jerome Georges Verhaeghe, police apprehended him along with an unnamed accomplice at the airport while he was waiting for his 7.35pm flight back to Belgium.

Verhaeghe, 58, was caught stealing a car phone holder on a security camera at Remax Thailand Phuket phone accessories shop on Yaowarat Rd in Samkong on May 26.

He was seen wearing a white shirt and was believed to have entered the store with an accomplice in a black shirt, buying goods totalling B5,365 (B3,169 and B2,196) with two separate credit cards.

After having bought the goods, which the authorities believes was only to distract the shop clerk, Verhaeghe walked out with his suspected accomplice. (See story here).

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After two hours of interrogation by the local authorities, Verhaeghe confessed to the crime because of the evidence against him.

He has been charged with theft during the daytime, which according to Section 334 of the Thai Criminal Code can result in a fine of up to B6,000 and up to three years in jail, confirmed case investigator Capt Ittiokorn Phacharatdet of the Phuket Tourist Police.

Capt Ittiokorn credited the success in apprehending Verhaeghe to Nichapha-orn Chaiviriyawong, the store owner, as she had security camera footage that showed the appearance of the suspects, as well as information from their credit cards that lead the local authorities to know that they are from Belgium.



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Pauly44 | 15 June 2017 - 13:59:27

Anywhooooo cares, not a biggy in my book.

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Pauly44 | 15 June 2017 - 11:12:11

Eagle; I have a hard time believing anyone would pay 6k then shoplift something of 600B value, it seems like a witch hunt to me and without a doubt there are far more serious crimes let go than this, lets maintain a grip on reality here and yes if it was perpetrated by a local then it wouldn't make any news and be forgotten in a flash.

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Jor12 | 14 June 2017 - 20:46:43

A theft is a theft no matter how much you spend, or which country you are in.

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b1ackdrag0n | 14 June 2017 - 12:28:12

It amazes me that the police believe someone would spend over 5000 baht with the sole intention to steal an item for 600baht. Keystone cops alright. What a joke.

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Pauly44 | 13 June 2017 - 20:49:35

Keystone cops at it again, surely there are more important crimes to waste their time on and if it was a Thai they wouldn't even bother. 

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stegee | 13 June 2017 - 18:05:18

so they believe that the 'suspected accomplice' spent B5,365 'only to distract the shop clerk'in order to cover the theft of a car mobile phone holder worth B699... no doubt this was his sole purpose for flying to phuket as well... 
and where was Jerome Georges Verhaeghe staying for the last 17 days that his residence was not registered with immigration?? 

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