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Phuket expat hugs officer who caught motorbike thief

PHOTOS: Patong Police

A New Zealand expat has hugged police officers following the capture of the thief who stole his motorbike and a million baht worth of valuables.

The New Zealander, named only as 62 year old Mr Ian K, lives in the Patong area of Phuket and reported his bike stolen last Friday, December 8.

Khaosod English reports that in his police report, the man stated that the bike was stolen at around 2pm after he parked it in front of the Diamond Cliff Hotel on Phrabaramee Road (heading north from Patong). Mr Ian told Patong Police that he had some highly-valuable items stored under the seat of the bike.

These included a Samsung mobile phone worth around 42,000 baht, three rings worth a combined 524,000 baht, a luxury Longines watch valued at 52,000 baht, his driving licence and around 6,000 baht in cash.

(‘Hiding’ things under your motorbike seat is the FIRST place thieves go if they find your motorbike)

On December 14, Patong Police arrested a 27 year old suspect, named as Yusob Khunsurin, in the car park of Sriphuwanath Park in Phuket Town. Officers seized 14 pieces of evidence, including the stolen Honda motorbike, three gold rings and the Longines watch.

Police also confiscated some clothing belonging to Mr Ian, as well as Yusob’s belongings, which included an Infinix mobile phone he purchased with the stolen cash. Yusob has been taken into custody and charged with theft.

SOURCE: Khaosod English

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