Vietnamese held in robbery of German tourist

Vietnamese held in robbery of German tourist

Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn (standing, second from left), recently named to be the new Immigration Bureau chief, looks on as officers at Lumpini station question two Vietnamese men accused of robbing a German tourist. (Photo by the Tourist Police Bureau)
Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn (standing, second from left), recently named to be the new Immigration Bureau chief, looks on as officers at Lumpini station question two Vietnamese men accused of robbing a German tourist. (Photo by the Tourist Police Bureau)

Two Vietnamese men have been arrested on charges of stealing a wallet containing €2,300 (87,000 baht) from a German tourist at a Bangkok shopping mall.

The crime took place in July and police said their investigation indicated there may have been other pickpocketing victims who did not report the thefts. 

Thanh Phuoc Le, 38, and Van Ty Nguyen, 36, were apprehended at Terminal 21 shopping mall on Friday, said Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn, acting chief of the Immigration Bureau, at a media briefing on Saturday.

The arrests came after a German tourist filed a complaint with Lumpini police that a pickpocket gang had stolen his wallet and €2,300 at Terminal 21 on July 13. The wallet was also said to have been worth about 13,000 baht.

Police examined closed-circuit television footage from the mall, in which the two suspects could be seen picking the victim’s pocket.

Investigators said the suspects often preyed on foreign tourists at crowded shopping malls and train stations. They apparently chose foreigners because many did not file complaints.


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