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Iranian Tourists Apprehended For Alleged Theft in Southern Thailand

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SURAT THANI – Police in Southern Thailand have apprehended four Iranians on theft charges after they allegedly stole cash and a clothing iron in the southern provinces.

Nakhon Si Thammarat Police intercepted a car driven by Hamid Amiri, 55 and passengers Ali Dasdar, 22, Valiollah Safipouri, 55, and Roya Safipouri, 31, at a checkpoint in Sichon district in Nakhon Si Thammarat on Monday.

Police were on the lookout after an alert that the foreigners had allegedly stolen 2,500 baht in cash from Don Sak Suksaphan shop in Don Sak district of Surat Thani and fled on a white Toyota car on a road to Nakhon Si Thammarat.

The sedan they used was found to be a car from Pattaya rented on Jan 23.

The vehicle matched the police report and the driver was ordered to pull over.

Pol Col Sutthi Nitiakkarapong, the Don Sak police chief, said the four suspects were taken to the Don Sak police station where Chaluay Donpot, who owns the shop, had filed the complaint.

According to the Bangkok Post, Pol Col Sutthi said the shop owner of Pornthip Chandi in tambon Chandi in Chawang district in Nakhon Si Thammarat had also filed a complaint against them for allegedly stealing cash worth 20,000 baht. Another complaint accusing them of stealing an iron had been filed in Ban Na San district in Surat Than but the name of the shop was not known.

“I never thought well-dressed foreigners would do something like this,” Ms Chaluay said.

Police also seized clothing believed to be stolen items too. They denied all allegations.

By Supapong Chaolan

Footage of a CCTV captures Hamid Amiri and Roya Safipouriat a shop in tambon Chandi in Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Chawang District.