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Cambodian women held for pickpocketing in Thailand

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Three Cambodian women were among five members of a pickpocket gang arrested by Thai police in Bangkok’s Pratunam market area over the weekend.
According to Thai media, police from the 191 patrol and special operation division arrested the two Thai men and the Cambodian women at the popular clothing market.
The suspects allegedly confessed to pickpocketing up to 40 times in the past two years, while police seized smartphones, a gold necklace, 70,000 baht ($2,000) in cash and pawnshop tickets from them.
The Nation newspaper quoted division chief Major General Surachet Hakparn as saying that 35-year-old Cambodian Doung Tida was arrested first.
Police later apprehended the Thai men – Thadech Nithithatchai, 45, and Sompong Butri, 70 – as well as the other two Cambodian women, who were said to be aged 28 and 32.
The Thais allegedly aided the Cambodian women with travel and accommodation as well as reselling stolen items and acting as lookouts.  
Thai police said all were charged with conspiracy to commit theft. One of the women faces an additional charge of illegal entry into the country.

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