5 Pinoys nabbed at Thailand airport over stolen diamonds
Five Filipinos were arrested in Thailand before they could board their flight at Don Mueang airport after police found a stolen diamond necklace in their luggage, reports said.
A report on Bangkok Post said the Filipinos were believed to have worked as a gang to steal the necklace worth THB300,000 (more than P400,000) at the Bangkok Gems and Jewellery Fair in Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi.
Poramin Thaharian, the owner of the booth where the necklace was stolen from, contacted police after he noticed the necklace missing from a display cabinet around 6 p.m. on September 7, a report on Asia One said.
CCTV footage showed Ebueza Christian Carpio, 27, and Canoy Adoration Carpio, 58, taking the necklace from the booth around 2 p.m. while Thaharian was not looking.
Police were able to forward the footage to officials at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airport to intercept the suspects before they could board their flight to Phuket, where they would take a connecting flight to Manila, the Phuket News reported.
The Filipinos arrested with the Carpios were identified as Bien Nonoy Mulobuko, 27; Chapoco Florenz Velarde, 65; and Mallari Sofia, 56.
The group entered Thailand on Sept. 5 and were booked to leave on Sept. 12. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News