Arno Schuldt,55, a German national, explains how he was robbed on a road in Pattaya early on Tuesday. (Photo by Chaiyot Pupattanapong)
A 55-year-old German man who relies on a walking aid has told police he was robbed by a "Thai dressed as a woman" who offered to help him in Pattaya early on Tuesday morning.
Arno Schuldt filed a complaint with Pattaya police about 1.30am on Tuesday, saying he was robbed on Pattaya Klang Road in Bang Lamung district.
He was using a walking stick. A person in woman's clothes approached and offered to help him. She also hugged him. He thought she was just being kind and thanked her before going on to a restaurant he was heading for.
After having a meal, he reached for his wallet to pay the bill, and found it was missing, along with the 3,000 baht it contained. He believed the woman stole it.
Police were examining surveillance camera footage to confirm what happened and maybe identify the thief.
approach : to move closer to someone or something - เข้าใกล้
complaint : when someone says that something is wrong or not satisfactory - การบ่น, ข้อที่ไม่พอใจ
hug : the action of putting your arms round someone to show your love or friendship - การกอด
surveillance footage : video from a camera that is put in a place to constantly record what happens there - เทปวิดีโอจากกล้องวงจรปิดเพื่อรักษาการความปลอดภัย
thief : someone who steals something. An instance of stealing something is called a theft - ขโมย
wallet : a small flat case that people keep money, bank cards, and small documents in and usually carry in their pocket or bag - กระเป๋าขนาดเล็กที่ทำจากหนังหรือพลาสติก