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The Frenchman fingers the aspirational iPhone owner in Patong today

Phuket iPhone Snatcher Fails to Outwit French Tourist in Patong

Thursday, April 11, 2013
PHUKET: A Frenchman riding a motorcycle and talking on his mobile telephone in Patong at the same time today had the conversation cut short.

A 17-year-old Phuket youngster who had his eye on acquiring an iPhone5 took the easy option and snatched the Frenchman's handset as he rode past at speed.

While the initial acquisition went well, the rest of the youngster's dream of smartphone ownership - at no cost - quickly fell apart.

The Frenchman, aged 38 and deprived of his main method of communication, still managed to find a patrol policeman not far from the spot on the beach road where his iPhone sped off into the distance.

It was in his grasp close to the entrance to the Amari Coral Beach Phuket resort. Soon after, it disappeared.

The iPhone's new ''owner'' sped on along the coast road, but by the time he reached Kalim, north of Patong, another police patrol was waiting.

The young man and his motorcycle briefly parted company, leaving him with a few scratches and scrapes.

Deprived of the iPhone, the young man's aspirations for material possessions may be interrupted for a few years by a period in detention. He cannot be named for legal reasons.

It is thought the Frenchman may not use the iPhone quite so often while riding his motorcycle in future.


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Since the Frenchman admitted to being on the phone while driving... will he be fined?

Posted by Tbs on April 12, 2013 00:23


using a mobile phone whilst riding a motorcycle no wonder the motorcycle road toll is high on Phuket I know he had no helmet on you cant hear a mobile thru one, amazing what some do on holidays they wouldn't dare at home, well done phuket police good catch of this offender.

Posted by slickmelb on April 12, 2013 03:48


The best defence for the young guy is to say, I was thinking, this man is breaking the law and endangering himself and others, I was only confiscating the iPhone NOT stealing it, I was taking it to the police.

Posted by Phuket_IOC on April 12, 2013 09:22


say what you like about the police here .. but they can get the job done real quick .. looking forward to the cold blooded killer at tesco to be caught any day soon ..

Posted by sean on April 12, 2013 17:09


@Sean..I agree with you....and I think its because Phuket is really a small place...I think of that expression.."six degrees of separation"...however in Phuket I think it gets cut down to 3 or really can't hide too long here

Posted by sky on April 12, 2013 20:18

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