From the Phuket News:
PHUKET: Thalang Police have filed yet another report of a scooter-powered snatch thief that made away with valuables.
At 5am today (November 29) Pol Lt Col Sanich Nukong of Thalang Police filed a complaint about a bag-snatching incident on Thepkrasattri Rd, about 200 meters from Makro Thalang.
Mr Somkiet Thongsuk, 23, reported that he was driving his sky blue and white Honda Scooby scooter (with Phang Nga plates), with two girls – Ms Mawadee Yo-na and Ms Araya Pana – riding pillion.
Mr Somkiet and Ms Mawadee told police they had just visited a relative at Vachira Phuket Hospital and were on their way home, when a man on a purple Yamaha Fino scooter drove up from behind, and snatched a brown bag carried by Ms Mawadee.
The straps snapped as the thief made off with the bag containing B3,000 in cash and Samsung J-one smartphone valued at B3,390, in addition to important identity documents
Pol Lt Col Sanich said the incident was the fourth of its kind reported to his office in the past week, but did not elaborate further.
Yesterday, a Russian woman cycling in Thalang was reportedly robbed by a snatch thief who got away with a B26,000 iPhone and B400 in cash. (Story here)
Nonetheless, Lt Col Sanich assured the victims that police are studying CCTV footage along the suspected escape route to try and track the suspect down.