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When Vadim Chivikok, 27, discovered that his rental bike was missing from his house in Koh Samui he went to file a report with the local police. After making the report Mr. Chivikok received a phone call from a cash strapped Ukrainian, Roman Koval, 37, who informed him that he had the bike and if he wanted it back he would have to pay a 15,000 baht ransom for it. He told Russian Vadim that he must hand over the money at Bophut market on Tuesday morning if he wanted to see his bike again.
However, it was not 15,000 baht he received at the meeting place, but a date with the police who arrested him when he turned up to get his cash. A search of his hotel revealed another stolen bike the tourist turned thief had parked behind his room.
It has been reported that Mr. Koval confessed to having stolen bikes from four other tourists and holding them to ransom for the return of their bikes. He told police his motive for the crime was to raise funds as he had spent all of his holiday money.