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Snatch-and-run bandits nabbed in Phuket

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KAMALA, PHUKET: A pair of of English tourists will leave Phuket today with no pictures of their holiday to show friends back home – thanks to the depredations of a trio of thieves in Kamala.

Phuket Provincial Police Commander Pekad Thantipong and Kamala Police yesterday afternoon held a press conference to announce the arrest of two men wanted in connection with the snatch-and-run theft of an English tourist’s shoulder bag on Sunday morning.

The press conference included a re-enactment of the crime.

Englishwoman Alyson Ashforth, 30, and her companion Nicholas Gilmore were walking back to their room at the Aquamarine Resort & Villa at about 10:30 Sunday morning when the thieves struck in front of the Rajaprajanukroh 36 School on the beach road.

Ms Ashforth filed a complaint with the Kamala Police, telling officers that, as she was shifting the position of the bag from one shoulder to the other, three men approached from behind on a motorbike, snatched the bag and sped off.

The bag contained a Sony digital camera, some hand gel and cosmetics, she told police.

The Phuket Gazette


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