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Nai Harn beach on Phuket, scene of the citizens' arrest today

Beach Thefts Blamed on Expat with Yellow Towel

Saturday, March 30, 2013
PHUKET: An expat swimmer who carries a yellow towel is being quizzed by Phuket police over a series of thefts from a Phuket beach.

People who work at Phuket's Nai Harn beach staged a citizen's arrest today and say they nabbed the man soon after he lifted a bag from a tourist's table.

The arrest of the expat follows a string of thefts at Nai Harn beach this year that the tourists who were the victims have usually blamed on Thai beach staff.

Late today at Chalong Police Station, the man was yet to confess. He told police he did not speak English and made conversation difficult.

Perplexed and annoyed at the accusations over the past few weeks, the Nai Harn beach staff decided to catch the thief themselves, beach vendor Song Saentong said today.

''Last week there were three thefts of bags,'' he said. ''There have probably been eight so far this year.

''Yesterday, we saw the man we suspected. He came with just a yellow towel. He went for more than one swim, but every time this man goes into the water, he tends to look back at the beach.

''There was a theft yesterday and the people who had a bag stolen insisted on looking through the possessions of Thais working on the beach.

''Today the man with the yellow towel came back again. We decided to use walkie-talkies to make sure somebody was watching him at all times.

''Sure enough, he spent a lot of time wandering around the beach, and looking back at the beach when he went for a swim.

''When he picked up a bag, we grabbed him quick.''

Khun Song said that security cameras showed the same man stealing two bags on the beach on February 19.

Late today, the man was still being interviewed.


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good job and good teamwork to the local staffers

Posted by sky on March 30, 2013 19:17


Visitors and expats alike would do well to remember that theft, even petty, is considered a very serious crime in Thailand and the meted out punishment can be a shock to many used to western justice system standards.

Posted by Stephen on March 30, 2013 19:23


It was my wife's customer that was robbed today, this has been going on for some time now and all the vendors were sick & tired of being accused of the thefts.
It was time for some action the thief was getting a little greedy people were being robbed on a daily basis they had suspected it was a farang for some time as they had not seen any unsavoury locals lurking around the sun beds so they concentrated on the farangs & bingo! (Not the 1st time).
This guy they got today was in his late 50's my wife said he spoke German the people robbed were Swiss, the thief refused to speak other than say he didn't understand Thai or English.. yeah right!
I'm sure his room will reveal some previous beach activity.
Hope he enjoys the alternative accommodation he is about to receive for his efforts... loser.

Posted by happy on March 30, 2013 20:55


Another pathetic overstayer no doubt who ran out of cash and decided to become a thief to fund his continued existence on the island.

Posted by Xircal on March 30, 2013 20:58

Editor Comment:

Maybe. No point in guesswork.


Lost my hearing aids around the same time. Maybe he is to blame? How do I check with police if he has them in his possession?

Posted by Anonymous on March 31, 2013 10:05

Editor Comment:

Go to Chalong Police Station with someone who speaks Thai.


Please Mr. Happy, don't spread rumors, the theft was a citizen from Czech republic. How I know? I was a victim, went today to Chalong police station and checked the stolen items.

Posted by Bavarian lion on April 1, 2013 00:45


I believe you are correct Bavarian lion he was indeed a Czech sorry for the misinformation and if any Germans were offended.
Hope you got your possessions back.

Posted by happy on April 1, 2013 09:39


Will this guy go to jail? Can PW follow up on this story as his treatment will send a sign out to other potential and existing thieves. If it can be proved he stole on multiple occasions a jail sentence should be given but as there was no violence perhaps only a few months.

Posted by How Much Can You Pay on April 1, 2013 12:27

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