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Patong beach in low season: crowds make it easier for thieves

Phuket Beach Sting Goes Awry as Suspected Russian Thieves Beat the Rap

Monday, May 13, 2013
PHUKET: A Russian couple hauled in for questioning over a spate of robberies at Phuket's Patong beach were allowed to go this evening after a ''sting'' operation.

Beach staff at Patong attempted to pinpoint the thieves who have been active at the beach, stealing the bags of tourists while they take a swim.

The Russian couple were hauled in when they appeared to show unusual interest in a couple of bags on the beach.

The bags had been put out to try to entice the thieves to steal them.

Police were called once the beach staff thought the Russians had taken the bait. But they hadn't taken anything else.

The Russian couple were allowed to go because no real victims could be produced.

Thieves at Phuket's beaches usually fall into two categories:

..Locals who snatch a tourist's bag and flee as fast as they can, sometimes with the help of an accomplice on a waiting motorcycle.

..Thieves posing as tourists who are more subtle and pretend the items are theirs, sometimes getting away without being spotted by anyone.

An increasing number of thefts in the second category has alarmed staff at several famous Phuket beaches because they are usually blamed for the thefts.

Beach staff usually have a vested interest in protecting the belongings of people who pay to use the loungers in their territory on the sand.

A bad reputation means tourists will go elsewhere. However, the more crowded beaches have become the easier it becomes for thieves to strike.

If the Russian couple are responsible for the Patong thefts, they may now decide to move to another Phuket beach, or to Samui or Pattaya.

If the Russian couple are innocent, they may decide to move to another destination - and probably never come back to Phuket.

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wished they watch the jet ski operarators with the same vigilence
but good to know there on the job
sometimes you have to let people go for lack of evidence thumbs up from me!

Posted by slickmelb on May 13, 2013 21:25

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Russians i dont believe it for a minute never !

Posted by Harry on May 14, 2013 07:00

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"Police were called once the beach staff thought the Russians had taken the bait. But they hadn't taken anything else.

The Russian couple were allowed to go because no real victims could be produced. "

Does this mean they stole the 'stingbags', but could not be apprehended?

Posted by stevenl on May 14, 2013 10:09

Editor Comment:

It's not clear precisely what took place. But our sources tell us the Russians were allowed to go because there was no victim.

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so if they were allowed to go because there was no victim, then whats the point of a sting operation????

just curious

Posted by sky on May 14, 2013 10:27

Editor Comment:

It was a ''sting'' operation mounted by beach staff, not by police. As the article says: ''Police were called once the beach staff thought the Russians had taken the bait.''

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Hmm...new business venture, lockers rental on the beach...anyone interested?

Posted by May on May 14, 2013 11:09

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And they want higher class tourists to come when all of this is going on? hahaha

Posted by Jaded on May 14, 2013 12:27

Editor Comment:

All holiday destinations have similar problems, Jaded. Thieves and rip-off merchants operate everywhere.


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