Australian Couple Arrested in Phuket For Allegedly Stealing 2.5 Million Baht from Chinese Man in Bangkok

Phuket –

A wanted Australian couple has been arrested in Phuket after they allegedly stole 2.5 million baht from a Chinese man in Bangkok.

On May 29th, Mr. GAO JIANJIA, 35, Chinese national, filed a report to the Phaholyothin Police. He told police he posted online that he wanted to buy digital money via BINANCE. A suspect contacted him via a Telegram application and agreed to buy for 2.5 million baht. They made an appointment to meet at a bank in Ladprao on May 29th. Mr. JIANJIA then took out 2.5 million baht in cash from his bank account.

The victim he met with a male foreigner who said he was a representative to get money from Mr. JIANJIA. which had been confirmed in the online chat. The male foreigner got the bag of money from Mr. JIANJIA before putting it on a chair near to him. While Mr. JIANJIA was waiting for the digital money to be transferred into his account the bag of money disappeared. The male foreigner said he had no idea where it went before he fled.

Police checked CCTV footage and they saw that a foreign woman took the bag in the bank. The foreign couple apparently worked as a team and allegedly stole the bag of money. The couple then fled to Phuket.

The Metropolitan Police Bureau told TPN Media on Friday (June 2nd) that they have arrested MRS. HINSON LILY JAY, 28 and MR. GALLETLY JOSEPH, 47, both are Australian nationals. They were arrested near the Thalang Police Station on May 31st.

The suspects have not released a plea or statement about the allegations as of press time and remain in custody.

The original version of this article appeared on our sister website, The Phuket Express, owned by our parent company TPN media.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.