Phuket Thief Arrested after Stealing from Polish Tourists on Samui Island

Samui, Surat Thani –

A thief from Phuket was arrested after he stole from foreign tourists valuables worth a total value of 127,000 baht at a hotel on Samui Island.

The Bo Phut Police told the Phuket Express earlier this week that they arrested Mr. Prayat Lisem, 44, from Phuket. Seized from him was a stolen Louise Vuitton bag, Pinko bag, Versace bag, diamond earrings, 25,000 Baht in cash, and four credit cards. He is facing charges of night theft.

The arrest came after a Polish tourist couple, aged 32 and 30, filed a report to Thai police. They told the police that they were sleeping in a room at a hotel near the Baan Lamai Beach in Maret sub-district, Samui district when an unidentified thief stole many items from them.

Police checked CCTV footage and they found a suspicious sedan in the Bo Phut sub-district, Samui district. They finally arrested the suspect and found all the stolen items in his sedan.

The suspect told police that he had driven the sedan from Phuket. He tried to check in at the hotel in question but most of the rooms had been booked. He then entered into the hotel and found that one of the rooms was not locked but tourists were sleeping inside.

Prayat told police that he wanted to find a job on Samui Island but he was unable to find a place to stay and had run out of money so felt he had no other options than to steal from tourists.

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.