Songkran protective pouch becomes bait for thieves

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A Chinese tourist who put her smartphone and wallet in a waterproof pouch to prevent losing them to a bucket of water instead lost them to thieves.

Len Ying Wei, 35, complained to police around 12:30 a.m. April 17 that three men drove by on a motorbike and ripped the pouch from around her neck and drove away.

Police tracked them through South Pattaya and stopped the bike on Soi Khao Talo, arresting two suspects while the third temporarily escaped.

Lithikrai Jingwaja, 23, Anuwat Wongkhamhan, 23, and a 17-year-old were charged with theft. Lithikrai, an ex-convict, had been out of prison just three days.

Lithikrai Jingwaja and Anuwat Wongkhamhan, along with a 17-year-old accomplice (not shown) have been charged with theft.Lithikrai Jingwaja and Anuwat Wongkhamhan, along with a 17-year-old accomplice (not shown) have been charged with theft.