Phuket restaurant owner appeals for help after man robs Singaporean tourists

CCTV footage shows a man stealing a bag from a Singaporean couple inside the Tu Kub Khao restaurant in Phuket.
CCTV footage shows a man stealing a bag from a Singaporean couple inside the Tu Kub Khao restaurant in Phuket. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM FACEBOOK

BANGKOK (THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A restaurant owner in Phuket has sought the help of Facebook users to help locate a "foreign-looking" thief seen on CCTV footage stealing a bag from a Singaporean couple inside his business.

The restaurant owner, identified on Facebook as Tanaphat Nuansakul, on Wednesday (May 17) posted on Facebook that the theft happened inside his Tu Kub Khao restaurant at 6.40pm. The restaurant is located at Phang Nga road in Tambon Talad Yai in Phuket's Mueang district.

Tanaphat said in the post that anyone seeing a foreign-looking man wearing a light yellow T-shirt and shorts and carrying a black backpack should alert police.

Tanaphat also posted a 1min 43sec video clip.

The clip showed a man coming into the restaurant and waiting for waiters to clear a table. He placed his own bag on a table and when he saw a couple talking to a waiter as they were paying their bill, he grabbed their bag and his own and left the restaurant.

Tanaphat told Thai Rath Online that the couple were Singaporean tourists. He helped them file a complaint with police at the Muang Phuket police station as they reported that they had lost cash, credit cards and their passports.