Woman Arrested for Stealing From Foreign Tourists at Don Mueang Airport

PHOTO: MGR online

Bangkok –

A woman was arrested for stealing from foreign tourists at Don Mueang International Airport.

The Tourist Police told TPN media on Wednesday (April 26th) that they have arrested Ms. Phonthip Kantarak, 53, at a restaurant in Siam Square, Pathumwan. Seized from her was a bag with Philippine cash worth about 14,200 baht.

The arrest came after on April 9th, 2023, a Chinese tourist filed a report to the Don Mueang Police. She told police that her brand name bag which was in her luggage was stolen. Inside her bag was cash and items worth almost 100,000 baht, according to the unidentified woman.

Airport police checked CCTV footage inside the airport in which the suspect was clearly caught on CCTV.

Phonthip admitted to police when she was arrested that she had just pickpocketed from a tourist. She was released from prison two years ago for similar theft charges and had been targeting luggage and baggage areas at the airport.

Airport police warned tourists to keep a close eye on their luggage at all times.


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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.