Man using stolen credit cards caught

Police on Sunday arrested a man accused of using stolen credit cards to buy goods in shopping malls.

Pol Maj Gen Roy Ingpairoj, the Tourist Police Division chief, said the man was identified as Yongyuth Rakchartthai, 37.

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Five credit cards, two cell phones and 247,000 baht in cash were seized during the arrest.

Police were able to make the arrest after receiving a report that the suspect was using a credit card stolen from a foreign tourist to purchase items at a shopping mall in Bangkok.

Mr Yongyuth told investigators that he received the stolen credit cards from a 51-year-old man named Pithawat Akrathitiveerakul. Mr Pithawat would give him the cards and tell him what to buy.

The suspect said Mr Pithawat hired him for 2,000 to 2,500 baht a day and he had worked for him for about four months, and had since carried out credit card transactions totalling one million baht.

Before Mr Yongyuth was arrested, Mr Pithawat told him to buy two iPhones. Mr Pithawat was able to escape after he saw police closing in on his alleged accomplice.

Pasin Rakchartthai, Mr Yongyuth's brother, later came to the police station and allegedly tried to bribe officers into releasing his brother.

Mr Pasin, 35, was arrested.

Pol Maj Gen Roy said Mr Pithawat, who is still at large, bought credit cards stolen from foreign tourists from a gang for 5,000 to 10,000 baht each.

On Saturday, Bangkok police arrested two Latvian men for using fake credit cards to buy goods in department stores.

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