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Pickpockets: You have to catch them in the act otherwise we have no chance, police

The Thai police told Thai Rath that catching pickpockets was almost impossible unless they were caught in the act. 

And if they had no criminal record the chances of an arrest were very low.

And it was virtually impossible if the pickpocket team was foreign. 

The comments came at the end of a story about an air hostess who posted CCTV from a clothes shop on Facebook. 

“Amy Raiwin Pisitkulpakdee” had her phone lifted why she was browsing for clothes at a shop in a department store. 

Thai Rath said that the CCTV footage she gave to the police showed a team of three people. Two women lifted the phone and provided cover with a clothing item while a man was waiting nearby presumably to take deliver of the stolen item. 

The thieves were described as a “professional” team who did this for a living. 

The CCTV from outside the shop in the shopping center itself was inconclusive as to the movements of the thieves thereafter – it was pointing in the wrong direction to be any use. 

Police told Thai Rath that such thieves needed to be caught red handed to make a case stick. If they had no record or were foreigners it was virtually impossible to find them. 

Thai Visa / Thai Rath

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