A Pattaya hotel cashier was arrested by police at her apartment room in Pattaya on theft charges after she allegedly stole a hotel guest’s debit card and spent almost 500,000 baht in shopping spree.
Police found a Honda car, a motorcycle, gold ornaments and a contract to buy land in her apartment room and in the apartment.
The arrest of the suspect, Ms Sukanya Deecharoen, 36, a native of Nong Khai, followed a complaint filed with Pattaya police on Dec 17 by Mrs Jidapa Thongchan, 47, and her Caucasian husband that their debit card and bank passbook went missing from their hotel room. They found out later on that their bank account was 478,959 baht short.
Mrs Jidapa told the police that they usually stayed in the same hotel when her husband came to Thailand and there had not been a problem before. This time however, she said they deposited the key room with the cashier before their departure for her hometown in Surin to visit her family.
After receiving the complaint, Pattaya police checked the footages of the CCTV system of the hotel and they found the suspect entering the two victims’ hotel room. The police then sought an arrest warrant from the court.
The suspect admitted to the police that she used the victims’ debit card to buy gold ornaments which were later pawned for cash which she spent to repay her debts and to buy other things.
Police alleged that the suspect had committed similar offence twice but escaped arrest.