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Two Chinese skimmers arrested in Phuket

Two Chinese nationals were arrested red-handed yesterday in Phuket shortly after they removed the card-skimming device from an ATM in front of a 7-Eleven convenience store in Thalang district.

They were identified as Zhou Chaopeng, 30, and Zhou Qiqong, 24.

The arrest came after police were alerted by a Samaritan that some parts of electronic devices were found near the ATM in front of 7-Eleven store on Thepkasattri road.

Police were sent to inspect the scene and discovered they were parts of card skimming device.

Examination of the ATM also found skimming device was fitted to the ATM.

Plainclothes policemen were then deployed around the area as they believed the skimmers would return to the place.

Not long after that, two men were seen riding in motorcycle and parking on the other side of the road.

The pillion rider who was later identified as Zhou Qihong then crossed the road and walked up to the ATM and quickly removed the skimming device.

As he returned to his waiting colleague, police in the area approached and apprehended both.

Both were found in possession of two card skimming devices, four sets of mini surveillance cameras, four cellphones.

They were escorted to a hotel room on Nai Yang beach where more skimming devices, computer notebooks and phone batteries were seized.

Both confessed to charges of having skimming devices in possession for theft and for falsification of documents.

Police believed there might be more accomplices in the gang still operating in Phuket and are hunting for them.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)