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Three Chinese sought in heist of rare Mont Blanc watch

Three Chinese suspects have left the country after allegedly stealing a Mont Blanc wristwatch worth over Bt10 million from a luxury shopping mall in the heart of Bangkok, Immigration Police Bureau chief Lt-General Panu Kerdlarpphol said yesterday.

The stolen item is the Villeret Bi-Cylindrique Tourbillon Model Number 106494. Its price tag is very high partly because there are only eight such timepieces in the world, and just one in Thailand.

"Their flight landed in Thailand very early on April 15 and they flew out of the country at 7.30pm on the same day," Panu said.

Security guards at Gaysorn Plaza told police at 3.15pm on Tuesday that three men, who looked Chinese, had stolen an expensive wristwatch from the Mont Blanc boutique.

"They should be in their 40s or 50s. They spoke Chinese," a sales assistant said.

Based on closed-circuit TV images, the suspects have been identified as Fajun He, Shaohua Ye and Zhenzu Wu.

"We will coordinate with the Chinese Embassy in requesting that these suspects are sent back to Thailand," Panu said.

Panu said the Immigration Bureau had blacklisted the men and police were in the process of obtaining arrest warrants.


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