Selfless strangers catch thief, save Polish tourist big loss

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Selfless action from two strangers saved a Polish tourist from losing cash and valuables to a thief who broke into his Naklua hotel room’s safe.

Ruangchai Sitthiketkarn, 27, said he was sitting in a restaurant at the corner of Soi 14 and Naklua Road May 21 when an employee from the nearby Siam Platinum Hotel ran up, saying a thief had just burglarized a room there.

After giving Runangchai the description of the burglar, the Good Samaritan said he’d just seen the suspect and dashed off on a motorbike to follow him. Runangchai caught up with the suspect at the Krung Thai Bank on Naklua Road where he enlisted passersby to hold the man until police arrived.

Police arrest Marut Yuwapan for burglary after local residents managed to detain him. Police arrest Marut Yuwapan for burglary after local residents managed to detain him.

Marut Yuwapan, 39, was arrested when police arrived. In his possession were two watches, a digital camera and 5,000 baht cash belonging to Ryszard Gorecki, 56, of Poland.

Police said Marut later confessed to donning a wig and dressing like Siam Platinum employees in order to steal from guests. He’d simply walk through the hotel and jiggle door knobs until one opened. Once inside, he’d use a wire to jimmy room safes. He reportedly confessed to doing so three times.