Police arrested many Vietnamese pickpockets

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Bangkok, June 15 (TNA) – Tourist police have arrested a gang of Vietnamese pickpockets who returned to steal in Thailand even after their previous arrest and deportation.

Tourist police deputy commissioner Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn told the press that police arrested 15 Vietnamese people who had stolen from victims in places of major tourist attractions including the Grand Palace, Sanam Luang, the Maharat pier, the Platinum fashion mall, Pratunam area, and the Paragon shopping centre.

The arrest resulted from a raid at flats in Din Daeng district, Bangkok. Some suspects had been prosecuted for theft and deported earlier but they managed to change their names, applied for new passports and returned to Thailand for the same crime.

Some suspects even recruited compatriots to the illicit business, Pol Maj Gen Surachate said.

The group of Vietnamese pickpockets had caused damage to the country for several times and police were determined to deport all of them, he said. He would ask Vietnamese authorities to help stop the criminals in the homeland. (TNA)