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.