Vietnamese man arrested after stealing 15,000 baht in cash and an iPhone from a Dutch tourist on Samui Island

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Samui, Surat Thani –

A Vietnamese suspect was arrested after stealing 15,000 baht and an iPhone from a Dutch tourist while he was inside an entertainment venue on Samui Island.

The Bo Phut Police Chief Colonel Yutthana Sirisombat told local Thai media, “Mr. Hanifi Mert, 25, from the Netherlands, filed a report last week on August 20th that his iPhone 13 and 15,000 baht were stolen from his bag while he was dancing inside an entertainment venue near Cha Weng Beach.”

“We checked CCTV footage inside the entertainment venue. The male suspect took cash and a mobile phone from Mr. Mert.” Yutthana stated.

“The suspect was later arrested near Chaweng beach this week. He was identified as Mr. Tueng, Vietnamese national. He admitted he stole the items from the tourist. He sent the mobile phone via parcel to Bangkok and received 4,000 baht. We have finally seized the mobile phone back and returned it to Mr. Mert.” Yutthana continued.

“Mr. Mert said that he is very happy and said thank you to our officers. He will tell his friends to come to Samui Island. He has a plan to do a business here too.” Yutthana concluded.

However, Samui police did not mention about the missing 15,000 in baht cash.

“The suspect Mr. Tueng said he paid 7,000 baht to someone who can bring him to Thailand via a natural border. He used to live on Samui Island as a seller for more than 10 years so he can speak Thai but does not have a legal visa.” Yutthana added.

Tueng is facing charges of theft and illegally entering the country and will be deported after facing penalties for his recent theft.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.