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Brit arrested for theft at Phuket International Airport

A British man was arrested for theft at Phuket International Airport yesterday afternoon (Feb 1) when he took cash from a cash-filled envelope left on a AirAsia check-in counter.

Brit arrested in PhuketTha Chatchai Police and Tourist Police arrested 49-year-old Darren Paul Chapman from Epsom, England at 1:45pm as he was checking in his bag at a Bangkok Airway counter. Police seized from Chapman $320 in US banknotes and $100 in Canadian.

The arrest of Chapman came after a Tunisian man, Issam Barhoumi, 40, reported the money missing.

Mr Issam told police that he had gone to the AirAsia counter to ask where he could exchange the money. However, he left the envelope on the counter when he walked away.

“I realised that I had left the envelope on the counter so I went back to get it. All i found when i returned was the empty envelope,” said Mr Issam.

After checking CCTV footage, police found that Chapman had gone to the counter not long after. They managed to find him at the Bangkok Airways counter and found the money in his possession.

Chapman was taken to Tha Chatchai Police Station where he has been charged with theft.

The money has since been returned to Mr Issam.

Phuket News



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