Provincial Police led by Col Akanit Danpitaksarn arrested 21-year-old Moe Win Ko at 1:30pm yesterday when he was found trying to sell six mobile phones to a mobile phone counter on the second floor of Central Festival Phuket in Wichit.
Police said the arrest of Moe came after the owner of the Olayphone mobile phone shop on Patak Rd in Karon filed a complaint at Karon Police Station where he said that a thief had broken in to his shop at 3am yesterday and stolen 13 mobile phones worth B200,000 and B8,000 from the till.
Karon Police alerted police in other areas to be on the lookout Moe after he was seen on CCTV footage. Police also contacted mobile phones shops and counters in their areas and asked them to let them know if they saw the suspect.
At 1:20pm, police were alerted by a mobile phone counter at Central Festival Phuket that a Myanmar man had attempted to sell new mobile phones at the counter.
Police arrived at Central and managed to track down Moe while he was still trying to sell the phones.
After being arrested, Moe told police that he had gone to the Olayphone store the previous day and pretended to be a customer, he then returned in the early hours of the morning to carry out the theft. He also said that he had already sold a number of the stolen phones to migrant workers.
Moe was taken to Karon Police Station to face theft charges.