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The confessed thief, a Phuket airport security staffer, reenacts the crime

Phuket Airport Security Guard Confesses to Stealing $900 from Tourist at Phuket Scanner

Thursday, June 20, 2013
PHUKET: A security staffer at Phuket International Airport has confessed to stealing cash from a traveller as his bag went through the airport's security x-ray system today.

The $900 in Australian dollars was lifted by a female contract security worker in the latest scandal to hit the airport.

The money was stolen from Australian Andreas Paolo Clappis as his bags went through the scanner at the second floor entrance to the airport for departing passengers.

Mr Clappis was fortunate to check his bags immediately. He noted the $900 was missing, alerted Phuket airport security staff, and Urai Hobkan, 34, was apprehended with the cash.

The Phuket airport's managers, Airports of Thailand, continue to use contract workers in key security posts and loading baggage despite several cases of theft.

It is believed the Australian man was able to fly out as scheduled after making a statement to police.

Khun Urai was being held at Tachatchai Police Station in Phuket's north. Police were keen to find out how long she has been stealing from departing passengers at the Phuket airport.

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The procedure around the scanning gives ample opportunities for removing objects, travellers need to take laptops out of bags, remove objects from pockets, belts and sometimes even remove shoes , so there is a lot of distraction going on...but I find it hard to believe that this person could do this without her colleagues knowledge, they are usually 3 to 4 and sometimes more staff around each machine, so it is unlikely that all of them did not know what went on, she was probably just unlucky as she was caught.

Posted by Sailor on June 21, 2013 02:35

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This is most unfortunate. But i find it extraordinary that someone could do that in such a short time without someone else seeing. when i go through it takes less than a minute sometimes maybe 30 seconds from the time i put my bag on the conveyor till i walk through and pick it up again. So she must be lightening fast. Maybe she watched Nicholas Cage's movie " Gone in 60 seconds " lots of times. Great that this guy noticed and she got caught.

Posted by carvets on June 21, 2013 05:27

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second crook in 2 weeks caught at the airport pilfering belongings what a bad after taste if you just had a enjoyable holliday,clearly shows the mentality of a quick dishonest baht now with not a thought to return custom or conduct prejudice to phuket tourism the thorn in the side which will kill tourism here.

Posted by slickmelb on June 21, 2013 07:09

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nice positive story that will gain maximum negative reading. Obviously with the downturn in the financial world for the Oz dollar this will help tourists stay at home. Maybe one day some courageous Thai will explain here how hotel staff can detect your room safe PIN number and delete a 1000 baht each day of whats kept in there so that you dont know its gone.

Posted by expat Tigger on June 21, 2013 13:28

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after checking my watch and wedding ring was safely zipped inside my carry on bag for the one hour flight to Penang the bag proceeded through the departing scanner and was momentarily delayed I never gave it another thought until I arrived in Penang and found my Seiko watch and wedding ring gone, less valuable jewellery was still in the zipped section.

Posted by paul on August 23, 2013 21:19


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