Police last Thursday arrested a Romanian man for allegedly stealing from three careless currency exchange clerks.
Paul Adrain Trica, 35, was captured holding 4,625 euros, $3,187, 14 ringgit and 12,890 baht – a total of about 307,000 baht.
Col. Thirapol Jindalhuang said exchange booths from Siam Commercial Bank, Kasikorn Bank and Ayuthaya Bank reported thefts by a Romanian man who claimed he wanted to exchange dollars and euros, then grabbed baht from the counter when the clerk wasn’t paying attention. He’d then tell staffers he changed his mind and would walk away.
Paul Adrain Trica sits head bowed at Pattaya Police Station following his arrests on charges of theft from currency exchange booths.
Officers searched Trica’s Diana Inn hotel room searching for the more than 100,000 baht the banks reported stolen. Armed with booth security camera footage, police locked up the Romanian to face charges in court.