Tourism News

Tourism News Phuketwan Tourism News
facebook recommendations


Sign up now for our News Alert emails and the latest breaking news plus new features.

Click to subscribe

Existing subscribers can unsubscribe here


Phuket Holiday Pair Pillage Expat's 750,000 Baht

Phuket Holiday Pair Pillage Expat's 750,000 Baht

Thursday, July 1, 2010
A PLEASANT swim at the beach with his Thai girlfriend almost cost a Phuket expat 750,000 baht. Irishman Decland Rowland's problem began when he parked at Karon last Saturday and forgot to lock his pickup.

The way Chalong police tell it, a couple of Thais who happened to be holidaymaking on Phuket then took advantage of what almost turned out to be the opportunity of a lifetime.

The man and his girlfriend swooped on the open pickup, making off with five gold rings, 7000 baht in cash, some paperwork and an ATM card.

After the swim, Mr Rowland, 41, returned to his pickup and discovered the theft. He reported the robbery to police at Chalong, and he would have reported the theft of the ATM card to a bank, except that it was Saturday afternoon.

What he didn't realise was that the thieving pair turned out to be pretty smart. They discovered his date of birth among the stolen paperwork, then decided that perhaps Mr Rowland might use it as his ATM card passcode . . . and . . . bingo!

They were able to access his ATM account. In a succession of 33 transactions, they manoeuvred large amounts of Mr Rowland's presumably hard-earned cash.

Among the manipulations: 400,000 baht went in a transfer to a friend's account in Nakorn Sri Tammarat, their home province. Another friend in Bangkok was the recipient of 120,000 baht, and a third friend in Khon Kaen was sent 190,000 baht.

It is not easy to imagine Mr Rowland's reaction on Monday when he reported the ATM card missing at his bank . . . and discovered he was 750,000 baht lighter.

Fast-forward to Wednesday and a classy hotel in Nakorn Sri Tammarat, with the holidaying couple from Phuket back, and enjoying a little luxury in Room 18. Money is no object.

Outside is a neat second-hand Toyota Vios saloon. The contented couple paid a deposit in cash to purchase it on Phuket and drove it back to Nakorn Sri Tammarat, sparing no expense along the way.

At 8pm, though, the fun comes to a sudden end. Police knock on the door, and the couple are told that the game is up.

Today Pichai Boonrit ,26, and Patcharin Rattapansoontra, 24, are back on Phuket but their accommodation this time around is Chalong police station jail. Tomorrow, having confessed to their crime, they will appear in court.

The bank managed to halt the transfers, so Mr Rowland still has most of his 750,000 baht. The security cameras at a number of ATMs where the 33 transactions were made gave police a good look at the holidaying pair, who made the most of their time by the seashore on Phuket.

And Mr Rowland? Wiser but poorer, he may well be committing to memory a less obvious ATM passcode.


Comments have been disabled for this article.


Not sure who is dumb and who is dumber.
But I am sure he is one lucky .....

Posted by Vfaye on July 1, 2010 17:24


"He reported the robbery to police at Chalong"

Definition of Robbery: Taking the property of another, with the intent to permanently deprive the person of that property, by means of force or fear. The element of force differentiates robbery from embezzlement, larceny, and other types of theft.

Definition of Burglary:
Burglary is defined as the unlawful entry into almost any structure (not just a home or business) with the intent to commit any crime inside (not just theft/larceny). No physical breaking and entering is required; the offender may simply trespass through an open door. Unlike robbery, which involves use of force

Posted by NG on July 2, 2010 01:35


Hopefully he will learn from this experience...

Posted by Fritz Pinguin on July 2, 2010 02:23


I don't worry about them discovering my pin number as it is rather random.
But, my worry is that they go to Big C or similar, and charge anything on the card. I have never been asked for ID or had my signature checked while shopping there with the card.
My name is "Privileged Member" on my ATM card.

Posted by Glen on July 2, 2010 08:28


just love the post by NG.. he must be a walking dictionary..
Get a life

Posted by Jamie on July 3, 2010 11:41


@Jamie: NG is right. No robbery. And his comment was neutral. Fully on topic, in an important detail if you like accurate reporting. Why do you feel the need to get personal?

Posted by Lena on July 3, 2010 13:42


Many people are unaware this service of large transfers can be done over ATM.
Withdrawal limits are usually 20,000 per day. Banks should limit transfers too unless requested otherwise.

Posted by Ripley on July 15, 2010 10:39


Perhaps Jamie gets personally insulting by example from many Ed. responses.

Posted by Horse Doctor on July 15, 2010 10:43

Editor Comment:

Horse Doctor, If the views you express that don't make the cut were ever made public, even you would cringe at that snide little bit of hypocrisy.


Who ever uses their birth date as their ATM card pin deserves to be robbed and the thieves definitely deserves to be caught for leaving a ton of trails.

Posted by Dumb and Dumber on December 29, 2011 01:50

Sunday October 21, 2018
Horizon Karon Beach Resort & Spa


Facebook Twitter