Three Chinese men were arrested in a hotel on Wednesday night after stealing from a Japanese tourist passing through Bangkok Airport.
According to a local news report, the three suspects identified as Li Defa, Xu Jianjun and Song Guangxu were arrested. 130,000 baht in cash (around $3,573), two credit cards and an ATM card were confiscated.
Thai authorities said that they received a report on Tuesday from a 62-year-old Japanese tourist who said that he had lost his belongings while on the second floor of the airport’s arrival lounge.
Police then examined the video footage at the arrival lounge and quickly spotted the three suspects who followed a group of Japanese tourists before moving in to steal a wallet and other personal belongings.The police moved to make arrests at a hotel in downtown Bangkok, with those caught all confessing their involvement in the crime.
The suspects said that after stealing his wallet and other personal belongings, they rode the airport express shuttle to downtown Bangkok before altering the passport photo. After buying six iPhones with the stolen credit cards, they sold them on for cash.
The police said that the suspects were in possession of tourist visas and it was likely they had been operating in the airport for some time.
By Lucy Liu
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