Karon thief arrested for stealing B18k money from American

PHUKET: A man was arrested yesterday (July 12) after stealing around B18,000 in cash from a US national at a villa in Karon.

Karon Police, led by Major Pitchayut Srinak, arrested a 42-year-old Thai man at his home in Rassada and charged him with theft. The man was not named in the police report.

According to the report, 39-year-old American James Anthony Melwesti lodged a complaint with Karon Police Station on July 5, claiming that around B18,000 in cash was missing from his Baan St Tropez villa in Soi Patak 10.

After checking the CCTV footage, police discovered that a man had entered the villa at around 2:45 a.m. About 15 minutes later, he was seen leaving the scene on his motorcycle.

After checking for other CCTV footage along the route the man took to flee, police were able to identify and trace him to his residence at Soi King Kaew 1/1 in Rassada.

Police also confirmed that the man’s clothes and motorcycle found at the residence matched what was evident in CCTV footage.

The man was taken to Karon Police Station and charged with theft and using a vehicle to escape.

The stolen money was not recovered by the police as the thief claimed he had already used it to settle unpaid debts. He added that he is currently unemployed and struggling for money.

Police could not confirm whether Mr. Melwesti is a resident of Phuket or visiting as a tourist.

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