Cops clue­less in cash puz­zle

Bangkok Post - - NATIONAL - POST RE­PORTERS

Po­lice and air­port au­thor­i­ties are look­ing for clues af­ter a Ja­panese pas­sen­ger claimed that 3 mil­lion yen (873,670 baht) in cash was stolen from her on a flight to Bangkok.

Su­varn­ab­humi air­port po­lice chief Viroj Tudso and air­port deputy gen­eral man­ager Kit­tipong Kit­tika­chorn said au­thor­i­ties, in­clud­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Thai Air­ways In­ter­na­tional, are try­ing to ver­ify the claim af­ter the pas­sen­ger filed a com­plaint at Su­varn­ab­humi po­lice sta­tion on Mon­day.

The pas­sen­ger, whose name was with­held, ar­rived in Bangkok with her sis­ter on THAI flight TG661 from Haneda air­port, Tokyo at 5am on Mon­day, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

She said she later found money had dis­ap­peared from one of her checked bags, as well as a cam­era from an­other stowed bag.

The pas­sen­ger said she planned to carry both bags onto the air­craft but air­line staff told her there was no space avail­able and ad­vised her to check them in in­stead.

She said she fol­lowed the ad­vice but for­got to re­move the money and other valu­able items.

The money, she told po­lice, was to pay for cos­metic surgery at a hos­pi­tal in Bangkok.

Pol Col Viroj and Mr Kit­tipong said all ground staff in­volved in un­load­ing lug­gage from the plane to a conveyor belt at Su­varn­ab­humi had been called for ques­tion­ing and their homes searched.

But no ev­i­dence point­ing to where the lost money went has been found, they said.

Re­view­ing CCTV footage at both Su­varn­ab­humi and Haneda air­ports also pro­vided no clues, ac­cord­ing to Thai au­thor­i­ties.

Po­lice have col­lected DNA sam­ples and fin­ger­prints from all work­ers con­nected to the flight.

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