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Stolen Koh Tao Ipad GPS signal leads Phuket police to electronic card skimmer suspects from Brazil, France

The GPS tracking signal of an Ipad reported stolen recently on Koh Tao led Phuket police to a house on the south of the island early this morning, where they found and arrested three suspects in possession of the stolen item along with electronic cards and skimming equipment believed to have been used to target ‘many tourists over several years’.

stolen Ipad Koh TaoActing on a tipoff from the Koh Tao Police in Surat Thani, Phuket Police at 1am early this morning (November 1) tracked the stolen Ipad GPS signal to a house on Soi Sai 1 in Chalong.

Police identified three foreign suspects, all foreigners travelling together by motorbike who entered the house, prompting police to move in and identify themselves before raiding the house, where they found the stolen Ipad and a number of other items.

The suspects were named as 21-year-old Juan Pablo Da Costa Varao, a French national of Latin descent; 26 year-old Phellipe Andre Dias and 24-year-old Lucidio Firmino da Silva Junior, both Brazilian nationals.

Police seized a notebook computer, Ipad, two Iphones, three skimming devices, two Visa electronic cards and one Mastercard electronic card, and charged the suspects with “joining together and possessing equipment for duplicating or copying electronic card data belonging to others” and “theft of valuables belonging to others”.

Phuket News

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