British expats on Phuket burgled

Published:  2 Feb at 6 PM
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Two British expats on the Thai resort island of Phuket were burgled on Friday evening, with money and valuables being stolen.

The expats, who lived with their partners in Mission Heights in Thekrasattree, were not the first to be burgled in the area this year, with three other expats suffering the same fate in Bang Rong, just a few kilometres away, on 10 January. Police believe the same people may be responsible for all five burglaries.

Fifty-four-year-old Peter Tiehurst, from the UK, and his Thai partner Luksanawan Srisamut, 46, came home on Friday to find a window at the back of the house smashed in, through which the burglars had managed to reach round and unlock the back door. The couple had 30,000 baht in cash stolen as well as a passport, wallet, iPhone 4, ATM card and visa card.

Meanwhile, another British man, who chose to remain anonymous, and his Thai wife, Sawanee Hogbrow, 37, had a wallet and purse with small amounts of cash in stolen as well as an iPad mini. The burglars had broken in through a side window.

The owners informed police that they had resided in the Mission Heights houses for years and had never experienced any burglaries. Police suspect a group of three people.
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