Taxi Driver Busted for Stealing Tourists’ Bags at BKK Airport

Tourist police press conference following the arrest of a taxi driver who allegedly stole luggage from Chinese tourists at the airport, 11 Feb 2015.

BANGKOK — A taxi driver has been arrested for allegedly stealing luggage from Chinese tourists at Don Mueang Airport in northern Bangkok.

Three Chinese tourists told police on Feb 8 that a taxi driver dropped them off at the airport’s departure platform and sped away before they could collect their luggage from the trunk.

Police investigated the complaint and identified the taxi driver as Mongkolsetthi Udomsap. Mongkolsetthi initially denied the allegation, but later confessed after police found the cab with the tourists’ luggage parked outside of his home in Bangkok’s Lat Prao district.

“The suspect then confessed,” said Pol.Col. Pinit Chuaikul, deputy commander of Tourist Police.

Mongkolsetthi has been charged with theft inside a transport facility, which carries a heavier penalty than ordinary theft charges.