Three Nigerians were arrested on the southern outskirts of Bangkok this Sunday for burglarizing an unknown number of hotel rooms around Pattaya between August 2015 and March 2016.
The three-man gang, between 30 and 33 years old, would reportedly pose as tourists, book a room at a hotel and burglarize other guest rooms before disappearing without a trace. According to Pattaya One, the trio is accused of burglarizing rooms at a total of eight hotels in Pattaya over a period of seven months. Police estimate that the losses suffered by other hotel guests accumulate to over 450,000 Baht.
Monitoring CCTV footage around Pattaya, investigators began a manhunt for the African gang after a first series of hotel room thefts in August and September last year. Investigations yielded no results however until the men became active again this month and police managed to track them down to a guesthouse in South Pattaya.
The three suspects were eventually arrested in Samut Prakan province, apparently on their way to the airport or preparing to flee across a land border.
The Nigerians were also found to have overstayed their visa and face various theft and immigration charges. It remains unknown whether the men are also connected to two recent cases of hotel room theft, where a Chinese tour group and an elderly Indian couple had their rooms burgled overnight while they were sleeping.