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German couple arrested for disappearing with rented car into Malaysia

German couple arrested for disappearing with rented car into Malaysia

PHUKET: A German couple have been arrested for renting a car in Phuket and disappearing by driving the car into Malaysia.

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By The Phuket News

Friday 18 November 2022, 10:08AM


Photos: Wichit Police

Photos: Wichit Police

Julia Poppelbaum, 34, and Thomas Veit, 47, were arrested at about 2:30pm on Wednesday (Nov 16), Wichit Police reported yesterday.

The pair were taken into custody under arrest warrants issued by Phuket Provincial Court on Wednesday, police noted. The place of arrest was not reported.

The arrests traced back to February, when Petcharat Mankong reported to police that the car, a white Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, had been stolen, Wichit Police explained in their report.

Ms Petcharat explained to police that Poppelbaum had contacted her at 6pm on Feb 5 asking to rent the car for one month, from Feb 5 to March 5.

The price of B32,000 was agreed, with Poppelbaum making an initial payment of B9,000 and later transferring an additional B5,000. The remaining B23,000 was to be paid on the car’s return.

However, at about 8:45am on Feb 12 Ms Petcharat received a call from officers from the Office of the Narcotics Control Board explaining to her that the Mitsubishi Pajero had just been recorded as passing a checkpoint to enter Malaysia.

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The officers suspected the car was being used in the transport of drugs, the officers said.

Ms Petcharat checked the GPS tracker fitted to the car and confirmed for herself that it was in Malaysia. She said she tried to contact the couple, but without success.

Police launched an investigation and later learned that the couple had recently returned to Thailand “and committed other offenses”, Wichit Police said in their report.

Warrants of arrest for the couple were sought, issued and served, with Poppelbaum and Veit both now facing charges of “theft by committing two or more offenses together”, the report confirmed.

The report made no mention of whether the car had been recovered, or any other charges the couple were facing.

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JohnC | 19 November 2022 - 09:05:06

Strange that the owner did not demand full payment up front. That is the usual way. Also copies of the renter's passports and driving licences. To be able to travel in to Malaysia any Thai vehicle must have a translation of it's registration plates in to the English (Latin) alphabet characters clearly displayed.. 

christysweet | 18 November 2022 - 18:23:23

'Disappearing' ?   Lot missing from this story- like exactly what law was broken?  The border checkpoint  is going to want to see ownership or lease papers before entry is allowed.  ASEAN allows for free travel by car between the countries. 

DeKaaskopp | 18 November 2022 - 14:48:24

More about this story and other stories about that fine couple can be found on the Pattaya news ! Those low life's deserve all what's coming at them next.

DeKaaskopp | 18 November 2022 - 12:27:36

One only has to read the article carefully to see that this is very dodgy couple,even if not all questions are answered in the article. Btw, wouldn't be the first foreigners involved in drug trading !

Kurt | 18 November 2022 - 11:00:08

Article didn't mention or the couple returned with/without rented car to Thailand. Was there a line in the rental contract that the car was not allowed to go Malaysia? As car is having GPS tracker, rental company knew all the time were the car was and is now! So, what is the base of suspecting something unlawful? That Thai drama drugs suspection?

 

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