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Karon thief arrested for stealing B18k cash from American man

Karon thief arrested for stealing B18k cash from American man

PHUKET: A man was arrested yesterday (July 12) after stealing approximately B18,000 in cash from an American national at a villa in Karon.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Tuesday 13 July 2021, 04:01PM


Karon Police, led by Maj Pitchayut Srinak, arrested a 42-year-old Thai man at his house in Rassada and charged him with the theft. The man was not named in the police report.

According to the report, 39-year-old American James Anthony Melwesti filed a complaint at Karon Police Station on July 5 claiming around B18,000 in cash was missing from his villa at Baan St Tropez in Soi Patak 10.

After checking CCTV footage, police discovered that a man had trespassed into the villa at about 2:45am. Around 15 minutes later he was seen leaving the scene on his motorbike.

After checking further CCTV footage along the route that the man had used to flee, police were able to identify him and track him down to his residence at Soi King Kaew 1/1 in Rassada.

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Police also confirmed the man’s clothes and motorbike discovered at the residence matched what was evident in the CCTV footage.

The man was taken to Karon Police Station and charged with theft and using a vehicle to flee.

The stolen money was not retrieved by police as the thief claimed he had already used it to settled outstanding debts. He added he is currently unemployed and struggling for money.

Police were unable to confirm whether Mr Melwesti is a Phuket-based resident or visiting as a tourist.

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ematt | 14 July 2021 - 08:56:41

@Dave No I’m an expat, living quite happily 18 years in Thailand. 

Dave_C | 13 July 2021 - 21:52:01

@ematt
Are you Thai by any chance?

Capricornball | 13 July 2021 - 21:34:25

You're welcome ematt

ematt | 13 July 2021 - 17:52:26

Wow Capricorn, thank you for your illuminating insights into this incident. What would readers do without you, to provide this context?

Capricornball | 13 July 2021 - 16:45:05

I think, in a nutshell, this means "tough s#!t Mr. American, Khun Somchai burned your money, and police don't give 2 shitz in pursuing anything that they can't capitalize on.  About the only recourse the American has is to share his experience on social media (after he gets home)

 

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