The tale told by Wong Wai Ki Warwick Taboctaboc, 22, to Chalong police stretched belief.
He said that soon after arriving on Phuket late on Saturday, he dropped by at a restaurant in Rawai where two men stole a telephone and a computer notebook, leaving him with just 200 baht and no resort booking.
Tourist Police were called in to help and on checking Mr Taboctaboc's shoulder bag, they found a key for a resort, the Rawai Palm Beach.
A trip to the room allowed police to easily find the goods that Mr Taboctaboc said had been stolen.
He faces further questioning and serious charges. Mr Taboctaboc also has a Hong Kong connection.