Neighboring guest suspected in hotel room burglary

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Police suspect a Moroccan tourist is behind last month’s burglary at a South Pattaya hotel.

Nearly 500,000 baht in cash, jewelry and credit cards were taken from a safe at the Siam House on So Thappraya 15. American Kenneth Gallick, 66, reported the burglary the morning after a day-long trip Sept. 23.

After questioning staff at the long-stay hotel, police quickly turned their suspicions to an unidentified Moroccan guest staying in the room next to Gallick’s. The suspect, however, had already checked out.

Gallick points to the empty safe he came home to after a day trip around the area. Gallick points to the empty safe he came home to after a day trip around the area.

Further inspection revealed the safe showed no signs of being forced open, and unless the mysterious unidentified Moroccan was good at guessing combinations, or had the master key, it is unknown how he might have been able to open it.