Briton & Russian Busted for Extorting French Businessman in Thailand

The two suspects at police press conference in Chonburi province, 21 May 2015

CHONBURI – Police say they have arrested two foreign men who allegedly detained a French businessman in Chonburi province and forced him to pay ransom money.

Laurrent Thery, 51, told police that four foreigners broke into his factory in Banglamung district on 26 April, said Pol.Col. Prapansak Prasansuk, commander of Chonburi Immigration Police. Thery, who owns an halal food business, said the group forced him to hand over spare machine parts at the factory that cost 50,000 baht.

According to Pol.Col. Prapansak, the four men then took Thery to his residence and stole his laptop computer and mobile phone. One of the men also coerced Thery to transfer 15,000 baht to his bank account, Pol.Col. Prapansak said.

"After what happened, his family was really frightened, so they sought help from the police," Pol.Col. Prapansak told reporters. 

Police have arrested a 31-year-old Russian man and a 45-year-old British man in connection with the crime. Pol.Col. Prapansak said the pair was identified by CCTV footage from the crime scene, and added that police are collecting evidence to arrest two other perpetrators. 

 

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