Phuket Air­port se­cu­rity staffer steals from tourist


Thai­land po­lice re­cently ar­rested a bag­gage se­cu­rity worker at Phuket In­ter­na­tional Air­port af­ter the of­fi­cer was found to have stolen $900 from an Aus­tralian tourist’s carry-on bag while it was pass­ing through the x-ray ma­chine. The staffer was iden­ti­fied as a 34-year-old woman from Ranong, named Urai­wan Yhobkhaan.

“Aus­tralian tourist An­dreas Paolo Clap­pis re­ported the money miss­ing to air­port se­cu­rity of­fi­cer Mon­tri Per­phol,” said Lt Colonel Theer­awat Leam­suwan. “He said it went miss­ing while his bag was be­ing scanned by the X-ray ma­chine.” Ron­narong Joon­sawek, Se­cu­rity Di­rec­tor at the air­port, called in all staff who were on duty at the time the money went miss­ing. Urai­wan failed to re­turn to the air­port, so po­lice went to her rented room.

“She con­fessed to hav­ing stolen the money from the bag while it passed through the X-ray ma­chine. She gave all the money back to Mr Clap­pis,” Col Theer­awat said.

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