Phuket’s Biggest Stories From the Past Week: Foreigners arrested for Theft and More

Hello, Phuket Express Readers and Supporters!

The following is our weekly feature in which we highlight the top local stories in our area of Phuket from the past week. The number of stories differs from week to week.

These are chosen and curated by our editorial team and are designed for our readers to get a quick “catch-up” of important stories they may have missed. We publish many stories daily and it is easy to lose track of important events or changes in our area. We do national recaps in a separate article, this is only the top local stories in Phuket and nearby provinces.

They are in no particular order of importance but roughly in order of publishing. These are from Monday, January 8th to Sunday January 14th, 2024.

  1. A Spanish man was arrested after he stole a bag with a mobile phone, cash, and keys from a Mongolian woman at a night club on the Bangla Road.

Patong police officers captured a Colombian snatch thief who stole belongings from a Russian tourist in Soi Suk Charoen, Patong, Phuket.

Both cases had significant social media discussion.

2. A video clip of a foreign man who was standing and urinating on the back of a Tuk Tuk in Patong has gone viral on social media this week, causing outrage and anger from many Thai social media users who demanded the foreigner be arrested and charged to the fullest extent of the law.

The case, however, happened months ago it was later revealed and the tourist had likely left Thailand.

3. Six Russian tourists and three Thais have been rescued after a yacht capsized near an island in Rawai.

This was despite the wind and waves being described as very calm.

4. A famous young Iranian boxer has been pronounced dead after a big bike accident inside the Chalong Underpass.

The Phuket Express extends its condolences to the friends and family of Mr. Fariyar.

5. A Myanmar cleaner was arrested after she stole from two Cyprus nationals and a Swedish tourist at a hotel in Patong, stealing goods worth in total of about 140,000 baht.

A house keeper was arrested after she stole 90,000 Baht from a French man at an apartment in Patong.

Both similar cases bring attention to the importance of securing ones valuables when having maid or cleaning services in one’s residence or hotel room.

That’s it for this week.

The original version of this article appeared on our sister website, The Phuket Express, owned by our parent company TPN media.

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.