French couple arrested on burglary & immigration charges

Friday, 06 December 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 49 By  Boonlua Chatree

Two French nationals were arrested for allegedly burglarizing Pattaya hotel rooms.

Mohamed Meghraoui, 35, and Leila Boukazza, 37, were apprehended Nov. 24 at their Dang Apartments room. When police broke through the door they caught the couple dumping wallets and other valuables out the window. Fortunately for investigators, officers were stationed outside and caught all the evidence.

While the couple denied all burglary charges, their images were captured on security cameras at the Siam View Residence where they were seen that morning at 3:30 a.m. roaming through the villas, twisting doorknobs and entering rooms that were left unlocked.

Leila Boukazza (left) and Mohamed Meghraoui (center, with bandage on face) have been arrested and charged with burglary and immigration charges.Leila Boukazza (left) and Mohamed Meghraoui (center, with bandage on face) have been arrested and charged with burglary and immigration charges.

Guest Maneenate Weerarathanamanee called police, claiming  her purse with 18,000 baht and credit cards was taken. Police recovered the purse and credit cards outside the suspects’ room.

Officers also found the couple had overstayed their visa and were also booked on immigration charges.

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