A Thai man wanted for several fraud charges was arrested by Banglamung Police on Thursday, October 5th. The officers lured him to meet them at a luxurious restaurant while cleverly posing themselves as a wealthy and good-looking woman on a dating application that the suspect was known to frequent.
The arresting team, led by Pol Lt Col Kornpong Sukwisit from the Banglamung Police Station, successfully captured Mr. Anuchit “Tik” Khamthip, 40, under a court warrant accusing him of scamming.
Police pounced on the suspect as soon as he arrived at a luxurious seafood restaurant in the Naklua sub-district, Banglamung district, Chonburi province. According to Pol Lt Col Kornpong, a woman named A (alias) filed a complaint against Mr. Anuchit for allegedly stealing her brand new sedan after they met through the same dating app police used to catch him and had been in a relationship for some time.
Ms. A said Mr. Anuchit coaxed her into buying a sedan, and shortly after he got a hand on it, he vanished with the vehicle. The car was registered under Ms. A’s name, prompting her to seek help from Banglamung Police.
Subsequently, the Pattaya Provincial Court issued an arrest warrant for the perpetrator. However, the police had a difficult time tracking down Mr. Anuchit because he did not have a permanent residence. It has also been discovered that Mr. Anuchit has two additional arrest warrants for fraud in Sakon Nakhon and Bangkok provinces.
In a cunning strategy, Pol Lt Col Kornpong said he came up with an idea to create a fake profile on a dating app Tik was known to frequent, portraying a fictitious wealthy and attractive woman. He then tracked Mr. Anuchit’s account and started talking with him.
After successfully convincing the alleged scammer, the astute officer persuaded the suspect to meet him at a seaside eatery in Naklua. When the suspect arrived at the designated location, the officer revealed his true identity and promptly apprehended him.
Pol Lt Col Kornpong added that the suspect drove the stolen sedan to the meet that he reportedly took from Ms. A. The officer warned all citizens who use dating apps for matchmaking to exercise caution when interacting with strangers they meet through these channels.