By The Nation
The two women, Greggyia Dion Fabro, 32, and Herrera Joann Gae Dion, 31, who reportedly checked into the hotel room in the Ramkhamhaeng area, were arrested on November 28 at the Immigration Bureau in Bangkok's Soi Suan Plu area, Metropolitan Police Area 4 commander Pol Colonel Manop Nuamliwong said.
The two women confessed they had been hired for Bt1,000 each by the two Iranian suspects, he said.
Their information led to the subsequent arrests of Iranian national Mohsen Rajaei Razlighi, 40, last Saturday in Nakhon Ratchasima and his brother David Rasasi, who is also known as Jomedordi Bahlakeh, 49, in front of Le Meridian Hotel in the Silom area.
Razlighi was reportedly found with incriminating evidence, while Rasasi was in possession of a motorcycle allegedly used in the crime and stolen items.
Razlighi reportedly confessed that he had acted as a lookout during the commission of the crime and told police that he had stayed in Thailand illegally for years and had a Thai wife in Nakhon Ratchasima, Manop said.
Rasasi, who admitted to have been arrested in 2004 for similar thefts in Bangkok's Phayathai and Lumpini areas and served seven years in jail before being deported, reportedly returned to Thailand this year and committed five similar crimes in the Thong Lor, Hua Mark and Phayathai areas of Bangkok as well as in Chon Buri's Pattaya City and Don Hua Ror area, Manop said.
Charnthep said most of the victims of the crimes were foreigners who had not reported the thefts, leading to the perpetrators becoming overconfident and committing the same types of crimes several times.