Surveillance camera footage shows a black-clad man beside the trolley of a sleeping traveller who later reported his waist bag stolen, at Suvarnabhumi airport on Sunday. (Photo supplied)
A sacked employee who still lives at Suvarnabhumi airport has been arrested for stealing a bag from a sleeping American traveller.
Suchart Sawatdee, 41, was arrested in the basement area of the airport, outside the Airport Rail Link station, on Sunday evening, tourist police said on Tuesday.
Mr Suchart is accused of stealing the waist bag of John Felton, 30. The bag contained the victim's passport, cash and other valuables.
Mr Felton earlier reported the bag stolen, saying he had put it on his baggage trolley before taking a nap on a bench at the terminal on Sunday.
Surveillance camera footage showed Mr Suchart, in black clothing, taking the bag, police said.
Mr Suchart had previously worked as a trolley collector at the airport, but was fired in 2016 for drinking alcohol on the job.
The suspect told police he had been living in the airport terminal for about two months, eating leftovers and sleeping on benches.
He admitted spending money from the victim's bag to buy a new mobile phone before returning to the airport terminal via the Airport Rail Link and being arrested.
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accused : to be said to have done something wrong or committed a crime - ถูกกล่าวหา
arrest : (of the police or, in this case, soldiers) to take someone under control because they are believed to have committed a crime - จับกุม
bench : a long seat for two or more people, usually made of wood - กระดานนั่ง, ม้านั่ง
leftovers : the food that remains at the end of a meal after you have finished eating - สิ่งของที่เหลือ
nap : a short sleep, usually during the day - การงีบ
terminal : a large building at an airport where passengers arrive and leave - อาคารผู้โดยสาร
trolley : a large container with wheels that you push and use for carrying things in a supermarket or at an airport - รถเข็น
waist : the middle part of the body that is narrower than the parts above and below - เอว