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Russians fleeing Phuket on bail from Pattaya arrested for art theft of 50 million baht

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The Phuket Immigration Department yesterday arrested three Russians, two men and a woman on Koh Kaew after they fled Pattaya while on bail, in this coastal town on Thailand’s east coast they were charged with assault and theft of paintings allegedly worth 50 million baht.

The three were wanted under an arrest warrant issued by the Pattaya District Court in Chonburi, Major General Phanthana Nuchnarot, head of the Immigration Office’s National Investigation Department, told the Phuket Immigration Office in Phuket Town yesterday afternoon.

The arrests were the result of a joint investigation by national immigration investigators and Phuket Immigration, Major General Phanthana said.

Immigration officials arrested Olek Tarakhnov, 51, and Alena Zakharova, 33, in a house in the Grace Gardens residential area of ​​Soi Koh Kaew 13, and Maxim Sukharev, 33, in a house in the Habitown residential area of ​​Koh Kaew, Major General Phanthana said. from.

Immigration officials checked “the biometric system” and found that the fourth suspect, named Alexei Kusikin, 19, (named “Alek Sie” in the arrest report), had already fled the country, he added.

The four suspects are said to have robbed a Swiss together in November last year and stole his paintings worth about 50 million baht.

“They were arrested in Chonburi and released on bail. Then they moved to stay in Phuket before being arrested again today,” he said.

The Russians will be returned to Chonburi so that further charges can be brought against them,” he added.

When asked who painted the artworks deemed so valuable, Major General Phanthana replied, “I don’t know.”

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