Tourist loses handbag to thief during 3 a.m. swim

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A 37-year-old man was arrested for stealing a handbag left on the beach by a tourist swimming at 3 a.m.

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Sakulrath Wiksantierya, 23, reported the theft Sept. 12, saying she went for a dip in the sea in the middle of the night on Pattaya Beach across from the Bay Walk. While in the water, she saw a man wandering around and came back to find her handbag gone.

Police tracked down the suspect to near Tukcom in South Pattaya. Tana Kerd­mongkol, 37, was captured with 11,000 baht, but told police he tossed the bag under the Bali Hai flyover.

Police recovered the bag and booked Tana for theft.