By The Thaiger
Shoplifting gangs at work in Ao Nang, say police
Police in Krabi are warning of shoplifting gangs targeting tourists after they received reports that several tourists and shops had items stolen in the seaside resort town of Ao Nang.
Video clips of tourists stealing a bikini at a shop in Ao Nang went viral in social media this week.
Netdao Wiwatrassamee, 34, who posted the video clip, said: “I have reported this to Ao Nang police. The [latest] incident happened on Monday.
“Two female foreign tourists were browsing at my shop. One of them took a bikini and put it in her bag before she left. The CCTV camera recorded it.
“I have two clothes shops in Ao Nang. A similar incident has happened several times. At this shop it’s already happened three times. Every time I have reported it to police but they can’t find the thieves.
“Other shops have also faced similar kinds of incidents. An iPhone 10 has also been stolen.”
on Wednesday, 21-year-old Saharat Jewsakun, a crew member on a ferry, told police a foreign male tourist had stolen his bag which contained an ATM card and Bt5,000 cash. Again, CCTV cameras recorded the incident, he said.
LT Col Attapong Sanejaiwut, of the Krabi Tourist Police, said: “Most tourists are planning these thefts in pairs. One of them will talk with a shop seller while the other will steal an item.
“Please be aware of them. We are strictly patrolling the shopping areas to prevent this kind of incident.”