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Police in Bo Phut, Koh Samui managed to arrest a motorcycle snatch thief after he robbed a Canadian female tourist out walking in Chaweng last Friday.
The tourist ended up with multiple arm and leg injuries after the bag containing cash and credit cards was ripped from her causing her to fall.
But it was soon all smiles – and a few tears – as the female tourist and her male friend faced the thief after his quick capture.
There was also some pointing at the evidence as the thief wai-ed in apology.
Channel 7 TV named him as Attaphon Khongchom, in his thirties.
In a video-ed press conference the local police chief pledged 24 hour security for tourists. The female tourist then delivered a small speech after some apparent prompting from another policeman. She said:
“I feel very safe here. (It’s) a very nice island and I will definitely come back”.
Her male friend then chipped in: “In less than 24 hours it made us feel so much better to get everything back.
“I can’t wait to come back to Thailand. I love Thailand”.
He said he was overwhelmed.
Following thumbs up pictures the chief then showed the smiling tourists to a waiting chauffeur driven squad car. He shook hands with the man and wished the woman well as they went on their way.
Channel 7 said the thief was caught after he tried to buy things with one of the stolen credit cards. An alert was sent to the tourist’s phone that her card was being used and the thief was soon in custody.
Attaphon said he had lost his job, needed his rent and so rented a motorcycle to use in commission of the crime.