BANGKOKÂ – Police has detained a filipino theft gang at Don Mueang Airport after they reportedly stole a diamond necklace at the 58th Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair and tried to escape on a flight to Phuket.
Maj Gen Surachet Hakphan, commander of the Tourist Police Division said three men and two women, believed to work together as a gang, were apprehended late yesterday night after a diamond necklace worth about B300,000 was found in a bag belonging to one of them.
The arrest followed a complaint to police by a gem trader with a booth at the 58th Bangkok Gems and Jewellery Fair.
Paramin Taharian, athe Gem booth owner, said the theft was the work of a Filipino man and woman who visited his booth around 2pm.
Paramin was unaware of the missing diamond necklace until later that day when he checked his display at approximately 6pm. It was then that he realized that the THB300,000 necklace was missing.
Thankfully for Paramin, a CCTV camera had captured the man who stole the necklace.
Tourist police alerted airport officials at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airport to watch for the two suspects, sending them a video from a surveillance camera at the fair.
Maj Gen Surachet said police investigators believed the five suspects were an organized gang of thieves. They were being held in custody at Pak Kret police station pending further investigation. All were then detained for further questioning.
The suspects were identified as Ebueza Christian Carpio, 27, Bien Nonoy Mulobuko 27, Chapoco Florenz Velarde, 65, and the two women, Canoy Adoration Carpio, 58, and Mallari Sofia, 56,
Tourist police said the five arrived together on Sept 5 and had booked a return flight to Manila on Sept 12.
Source: Phuket News, Thai PBS