‘Party ladyboy’ CCTV hunch leads Phuket police to two burglars, stolen booty

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Kamala police have made two arrests, and recovered more than 70 items thought to have been stolen from the Phuket residences of several foreigners.

The two suspects were named as Mr Boonsit Unchaisri, a 28-year-old transgender resident of Kalasin province, and Mr Tirawat Boonumphol, a 29-year-old man from Uthai Thani.

The suspects were presented to the press at 4.30pm today (January 29) at the Kamala Police Station.

Presented along with the suspects were dozens of smartphones and digital cameras, which police believed had been stolen from various houses in Thalang and Kathu.

Moreover, police said they had also seized from the suspects one Yamaha Mio motorbike registered in Phuket, as well as a blue Ford Fiesta car with Bangkok plates.

Police said that the two suspects were tracked down in Phuket’s party scene, after officers “had a hunch that one of the suspects seen in CCTV was a ladyboy.”

The arrests follow a string of burglaries reported in Thalang and Kathu over the past two months.

The suspects had allegedly confessed to taking part in dozens of burglaries, specifically targeting unlocked homes of foreign residents and tourists.

According to police, the suspects claimed they had sold most of the items they stole in order to pay for drugs, partying and to afford the B18,000 monthly rent for their Sisunthon villa.

The suspects were charged with burglary, at night and using a vehicle to commit said crimes.

Something about the words “ladyboy” and “booty” in the same headline really cracks me up…