An alleged pickpocketing gang – a Vietnamese man and a Cambodian man and woman – were arrested amid Sunday’s Songkran revelry on Khao San Road in Bangkok.
Tourist Police deputy chief Pol Maj Gen Surachet Hakpal claimed on Tuesday that Phung Vinh Loi, 29, and Cambodians Tuy Ven, 35, and Tuy Chan Thoeun, 32, were found in possession of 25 mobile phones, Bt6,700 in Thai cash, Bt20,000 in foreign currency, two wallets and several credit cards.
Phung was arrested after Natthana Khiewkasem felt a tug on her plastic mobile phone bag. She allegedly saw the Vietnamese man fleeing with her phone and cash and shouted for help.
People in the crowd grabbed the suspect and handed him over to police.
Phung allegedly confessed, leading to the arrest of the two Cambodians in a rented room in Samut Prakan’s Phra Pradaeng district.
Phung allegedly told police he would cut open people’s bags and steal their phones and cash, then pass the goods over to the Cambodians.