2 Cambodians held for stealing Japanese passenger’s bag on arriving flight


SUVARNABHUMI Airport Tourist Police quickly arrested two Cambodian men after they stole a Japanese man’s bag on a flight arriving from Phnom Penh today (Jan. 18), TV Channel 7 said.

The unidentified Japanese passenger had reported that two Cambodian men who were seated on the same row as him on this flight to Bangkok with all three having placed their bags in the overhead compartment had upon arrival taken his bag and left theirs behind.

Mr. Kittipong Kittikachorn, Suvarnabhumi Airport’s director, quickly ordered a check of video surveillance and it was found that the two Cambodian citizens, Mr. Kroch Sophoeun, 38, and Mr. Pren Sokleeng, 38, were about to catch a connecting flight to Ubon Ratchathani province.

The two men were detained less than an hour after the complaint was filed with the police saying they knew full well they had picked up the wrong bag as this was scanned for boarding the flight to Ubon Ratchathani.

The Japanese passenger got all his belongings back including the luxury bag, Sennheiser and Sony wireless headphones, an Apple iPad, 11,240 baht and 186,000 yen which is approximately 47,000 baht.

The Cambodians were charged with theft while the Japanese man headed to Pattaya after thanking police for so quickly catching the thieves.


The two Cambodians who stole a Japanese passenger’s bag being arrested at Suvarnabhumi Airport. Photo: TV Channel 7

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