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“Go directly to jail” – Big Joke ends Algerian pickpocket’s game

The Tourist Police Bureau website released pictures of their star man – Pol Maj Gen Surachet Hakpal – after he caught up with an Algerian pickpocket.

There was no contest – the cops finally had their man and he would not be passing “Go” on his way to jail.

Surachet – the deputy tourist police commissioner known in the Thai media as Big Joke – has been monopolizing the news recently with his “top hat” crime busting.

After orders came down from his chief Pol Lt Gen Sakhorn Thongmanee that they needed to get the pickpocket preying on tourists on the BTS, Airport Link and bus stations in Bangkok, BJ and his minions swung into action.

Soon in irons was 57 year old Abdelaziz Dahane from Algeria. In a latest theft he had “rolled the dice” and picked the pocket of a Hong Kong tourist getting 12,400 baht’s worth in Thai and Hong Kong currency.

But this was one “chance” too many and resulted in his arrest after he landed on a railway station.

The suspect had made 12 trips to Thailand and the police are in no doubt that the thief was always in town stealing to add to his personal “community chest”.

The TPB said that he had used three different passports to enter Thailand over the last 4 years.

He has been charged with theft and the game is now up.

Thai VisaThai Tourist Police Bureau

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