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Former boxer caught for stealing bag off Briton in Krabi

Former boxer caught for stealing bag off Briton in Krabi

KRABI: A former popular boxer has been arrested for allegedly stealing a British tourist’s bag at Ao Nang beach last week.

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By Bangkok Post

Thursday 28 April 2022, 11:30AM


A tourist tries to retrieve his bag from a thief who is fleeing on a motorcycle at Ao Nang Beach in Krabi in the early hours of Apr 24. The thief, who turned out to be a former boxer, is caught. Screenshot: Krabi TV Online / Bangkok Post

A tourist tries to retrieve his bag from a thief who is fleeing on a motorcycle at Ao Nang Beach in Krabi in the early hours of Apr 24. The thief, who turned out to be a former boxer, is caught. Screenshot: Krabi TV Online / Bangkok Post

Police apprehended Suwit “Fai” Phuengsom, 31, of Krabi’s Koh Lanta district, at a house in Muang district yesterday (Apr 27) on charges of theft and carrying a knife in public, reports the Bangkok Post.

The arrest followed a complaint by British tourist Fraser William, 23, that he left his bag on the beach as he and his friend went for a swim around 2:50am last Sunday (Apr 24).

He later saw a middle-aged man took his bag and was about to flee on a motorcycle. The tourist ran to the man and tried to push the bike, but the thief managed to escape.

The bag contained B5,000 in cash, credit cards and a key to the tourist’s hotel room, according to Krabi police.

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Police inspected the scene and examined security camera footage to gather evidence. After the suspect was identified, police on Tuesday sought approval from the Krabi provincial court to arrest Mr Suwit. He was hiding in a house in Muang district.

A search of the house found clothes Mr Suwit wore, and the bike used during the robbery. The suspect sustained bruises on his right knee after a brief fight with the tourist.

The suspect admitted to police that he was the person who stole the bag at Ao Nang beach. He was taken to Ao Nang police station for legal action, Thai media reported.

Pol Col Somsak Thongkliang, investigation chief of Krabi police office, said Mr Suwit was a former well-known boxer known as “Den Saenchai’’.

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JohnC | 29 April 2022 - 09:51:56

Anyone stupid enough to leave their bag with valuables on the beach while going for a swim deserves to be ripped off. How dumb do you have to be!!!

 

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