Lingering gang fingered for baht bus pickpocketing

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A group of accused baht bus thieves lingered near the scene of their latest alleged crime so long, they were fingered by the Norwegian victims.

Nate Keowsa-ad, 48, Somporn Ponchareon, 46, Akom Sothung, 25, and Pita Kaentaow, 29, were picked up Oct. 29 on Pattaya Beach by patrolling police officers who thought he heard them scheming to rob tourists.

Searching the four, officers found a black wallet containing 6,000 baht, ATM cards and documents that belonged to Karl Armand Larsen, 63, and his wife Sandra, 55, from Norway.

Beware of these 4 thieves who were once again caught stealing from tourists whilst riding on public transportation.Beware of these 4 thieves who were once again caught stealing from tourists whilst riding on public transportation.

As the police were hauling the suspects into Pattaya Police Station, the Larsens were just leaving, having come to report the theft of their wallet and items on a baht bus. They spotted and pointed out the four accused thieves immediately and all went back into the station to close the case.

Police said the suspects confessed to being part of a gang of six people who ride baht buses around Pattaya, with a couple chatting up tourists to district them while the others rummage through their pockets and bags to steal wallets and other valuables.

The other two gang members remain at large.

It was not the first time the four had been arrested, as they had been caught running the same scam in Pattaya.