Middle Eastern man wanted for currency swindles

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Pattaya police are hunting for a Middle Eastern man wanted for a string of currency-exchange swindles.

In the most recent case, Sompoch Amornsretsakul, an employee with Piernpattanawit Co. exchange on South Road, filed a report with police just after midnight Feb. 19.

He said a man of apparent Middle Eastern heritage asked to change 10,000 euros. Sompoch took the money and counted it, but found 100 euros were missing so he returned the cash to the customer. The man counted the cash numerous times while asking questions of Sompoch to distract him before returning to cash for exchange.

Police are looking for this man, wanted for a string of currency-exchange swindles.

In a hurry due to a long queue, the teller didn’t realize until afterward that the swindler had removed 2,800 euros, leaving him the equivalent of 111,400 baht short.

Police reviewed security camera footage and said the suspect had committed several similar crimes in Pattaya.