PATTAYA – April 8, 2012 [PDN]; At 3.00 a.m. Mr. Voravit Dinrabrum age 31, address 50/549 Moo 5 Tambon Nongprue, Amphur Banglamung, Chonburi Province, Mr. Dinrabrum is employed as the manager of Amphorn sea food restaurant, third road, Pattaya, along with Mr. Suvit Suayngarm age 23, who is employed as a cashier and 2 waiting staff, totaling 4 employees attended Pattaya Police Station, to report the theft to Pol. Lt. Col. Chuangchot Mongkolthanayuth that a Syrian Male National had stolen 23,000 THB from the restaurant.
Mr. Voravit Dinrabrum, stated that at approximately 00.00 am, a foreign male entered the restaurant and ordered 1 bottle of beer, the male informed Mr. Voravit that he wanted to reserve a few tables in the restaurant as he was going to bring many of his friends to eat and drink. He then asked if he could exchange a 20 US Dollar note for THB. he also asked to exchange his 1,000 THB note for one out of the register that had a letter “L” initialed on it. He stated that he required two 1,000 THB notes with the letter” L” initialed on them, he commented that he wanted to give his friends the 2 bank notes with the initialed “L” on them as a gift and he would give a tip of 20 THB to Mr. Voravit and each of his staff for helping to find the bank notes initialed with the letter “L”
Mr. Voravit believed that the male really wanted this type of bank note, so he took out of the cash register, all of the 1,000 THB bank notes, to look for the bank notes that were initialed with the letter “L” The male also assisted in searching the pile of 1,000 THB notes. Unfortunately after searching through the stack of bank notes the ones that the male wanted were not there. The male stated “it doesn’t matter” and then returned a pile of bank notes to Mr. Voravit. Mr. Voravit realized that he had initially removed approximately 50,000 THB from the cash register, but he was not sure exactly how much had been returned in all the confusion, as he had been too careless. The Syrian male then left the restaurant in a hurry, which aroused Mr. Voravit’s suspicions, so he and his staff members counted all the bank notes and discovered that 23,000 THB had been stolen by the Syrian male.
Mr. Voravit with his colleagues followed the male who got in to a white Toyota Vios , with the license plate KOR BOR-679 and he was heading towards Rayong at speed. Upon exiting the restaurant car park, the suspected thief was in a collision with a customer’s motorbike, that was stationary in the car park. This caused the motorbike to receive a scrape from the bodywork of the Toyota Vios and the male continued to speed away.
The male was heading at speed towards central Pattaya, Mr. Voravit then contacted the Police by telephone and informed them of the situation and to assist in the arrest of the Syrian male. The Police stated that they could not locate the male. Mr. Voravit then contacted the owner of the seafood restaurant and told the owner what had happened and that the 3 employees and himself were on their way to the Police Station to make a report. The restaurant owner stated that if the male could not be located then Mr. Voravit and his 3 colleagues would have the 23,000 THB deducted from their salaries.
The police coordinated with Mr. Voravit and his 3 colleagues who stated that they could identify the Syrian male and after a search the male was finally located in Khao Phra Tamnak and he was arrested by the police.
Upon arrest the male was identified as Mr. Mohamed Abdulkarim age 35, of Syrian Nationality, The suspect proceeded to shout his innocence during and after his arrest. On searching the Syrian male and his vehicle, the police found in his wallet, cash 1,000 THB and bank notes totaling 19,000 THB. On his vehicle was evidence of his collision with the stationary motorbike. The police took Mr. Mohamed Abdulkarim to Pattaya Police Station for Processing and to be identified by his 4 victims.
At the Police Station the victim’s positively identified Mr. Mohamed Abdulkarim as the male who had stolen the 23,000 THB. Mr. Voravit asked the Police to prosecute Mr. Mohamed Abdulkarim according to Thai law. Initially Mr. Mohamed still denied all the allegations that had been made against him, he claimed that he went to the restaurant to drink beer and asked to exchange some money, but he denied stealing any money as stated by the victims. He further stated that he had exchanged currency at an exchange booth previously and that accounted for the 19,000 THB found on his person. Due to the fact that there were 4 victims Mr. Mohamed Abdulkarim was held by the Police on a charge of “ stealing other’s properties” and the Police will continue their investigation, before prosecuting Mr. Mohamed Abdulkarim according to Thai law.