Mongolians arrested for Suvarnabhumi thefts

Travellers visit Suvarnabhumi airport in Samut Prakan province last month. (Photo: Somchai Poomlard)
Travellers visit Suvarnabhumi airport in Samut Prakan province last month. (Photo: Somchai Poomlard)

Police have arrested three Mongolian men for allegedly stealing money from travellers' bags at Suvarnabhumi airport.

The general manager of the airport said police arrested Damdin Jargalsaikhan, 37, Batbold Sambuu, 51, and Batmyagmar Urtnasan, 37, on Floor B of the airport on March 24.

Police identified them from surveillance footage at the passenger terminal after two Japanese men, a Thai woman and a Canadian man separately complained to tourist police that they had lost their wallets and cash in several currencies between last Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.

The footage showed the three Mongolian men working with two women – still at large – stealing money from travellers. Some victims had just bought currencies at exchange booths at the airport.

The three men surrounded their victims, while the female suspects used cloth to block their views of their belongings and then stole cash from the bags. In some cases, they surrounded their victims and stole from their bags in a lift.

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  • arrest: (of the police) taking someone to a police station because they are believed to have committed a crime - การจับกุม
  • at large: not having been caught by the police - ลอยนวล, ยังไม่ถูกจับกุม
  • booth: a small tent or temporary structure at a market, an exhibition or a fairground, where you can buy things, get information or watch something - แผงลอย,ห้องเล็ก, บูธ
  • complain: to say that you are annoyed, unhappy or not satisfied about somebody/something - บ่น, ร้องทุกข์
  • currency (noun): the system of money, usually, but not always, that a country uses - เงินตรา
  • separately (adv): not together; as a separate person or thing - ต่างหาก; เป็นรายบุคคล
  • surround: to be everywhere around someone/something; encircle - ล้อมรอบ
  • surveillance footage: video from a camera that is put in a place to constantly record what happens there - เทปวิดีโอจากกล้องวงจรปิดเพื่อรักษาการความปลอดภัย
  • terminal: a large building at an airport where passengers arrive and leave - อาคารผู้โดยสาร
  • theft (noun): (the act of) dishonestly taking something which belongs to someone else and keeping it - การลักขโมย
  • victims : people who are killed injured or harmed in some way from an accident, natural disaster, crime, etc. - เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย
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