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Airports are busy places where items can be misplaced or stolen

Frenchman Arrested With Italian Man's Stolen Telephone in Departure Lounge at Phuket Airport

Saturday, November 28, 2015
PHUKET: A Frenchman was arrested in the departure lounge at Phuket International Airport for stealing an Italian man's mobile telephone, police confirmed today.

The incident occurred about 8am yesterday as the two men passed through an airport scanner one after another, leaving their hand luggage items in plastic trays to move through a second scanner.

The pair had both been processed by Immigration, ready for their flights off Phuket.

The Italian man collected all items from his tray on the departure lounge side of the scanners, but overlooked his mobile telephone.

According to police, the Frenchman spotted the mobile telephone and picked it up, neglecting to tell the Italian that he had forgotten his phone.

A short time later, as both men sat in the departure lounge waiting for flights, the Italian realised he had forgotten to pick up his mobile telephone.

He went to airport authorities who checked security camera footage. The video showed the Frenchman picking up the Italian man's telephone.

Airport police confronted the Frenchman in the departure lounge.

He was arrested and taken for questioning.

The mobile telephone was returned to the Italian man, who caught his flight out of Phuket on schedule.

The Frenchman, who had been aiming to fly to Paris with a Thai girlfriend at the end of a 30-day stay on Phuket, missed his flight.

Instead, he was taken to Tachatchai Police Station and charged with theft.

He faces a wait in custody for a court hearing and a possible sentence to overcrowded Phuket Prison.

Earlier in the week, airport worker Danai Buthjaw, 27, was arrested and charged with stealing a pair of distinctive bright pink runners from the luggage of a woman passenger who had just arrived on Phuket from Bangkok.


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im afraid the only word that pops into my head here is 'idiot' what on earth was he thinking? some people are just a danger to themselves and to society

Posted by hulkster on November 28, 2015 15:23


Chances are this is going to be the most this Frenchman has ever paid for a mobile phone.

There used to be a series called "What were you thinking ? " showing the stupidity of criminals.

Airport security check point littered with CCTV cameras, leading to a sealed area and he thinks he can get away with theft ?

Posted by Herbert on November 28, 2015 15:59


stealing at a frontier in a foreign country with obvious electronic surveillance some thieves cant help themselves not very bright and not a quality tourist.

Posted by slickmelb on November 28, 2015 17:21


Why expecting him to buckle up in a overcrowded Phuket jail?
Give him a heavy fine, presume he has to buy also a new 1 way ticket out bound.
That 16 year old thai girl in BKK who killed and wounded more that 10 people with her car in a road accident a few years ago never saw a prison inside.
Cases like this are flying around your ears in Thailand. Bail-bail-bail, many thai murderess walking freely on bail.

Posted by Kurt on November 29, 2015 13:19


What a total nob. Talk about instant karma.

Posted by pete59 on November 29, 2015 18:43

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