Narathiwat police on Friday returned 16 stolen motorcycles to their owners after they were handed over by Malaysian police in neighbouring Kelantan state.
Pol Maj Gen Manas Sikasamat, the province’s police chief, presided at a ceremony at Sungai Kolok police station at which seven Honda MSXs and nine Honda Scoopy I’s were returned to their owners.
Eleven of the bikes had been reported stolen to Sungai Kolok police, one in Tak Bai, three in Sungai Padi and the last in Munoh, also in Sungai Kolok district.
The motorcycles were stolen between last August 27 and June 21 this year.
A Malaysian man and three teenagers in Sungai Padi have been charged with stealing the motorcycles and smuggling them across the border to sell for Bt3,000 to Bt5,000 apiece.
Manas said Sungai Kolok police chief Pol Col Prayut Pongsanti used his personal ties with his counterpart in Kelantan to retrieve the bikes.
Kelantan police are still searching for another 14 motorcycles stolen in Thailand, he said.