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  • Dutch man arrested for stealing Gopro on Koh Tao Island.

    The Surat Thani Police arrested a Dutchman after he stole a Gopro in Koh Tao Island. Rattawit the victim went to file a report with the Koh Tao Police on 8 October 2019. The Dutchman had stolen a black Gopro 7 with equipment worth about 12,000 THB from a store called Koh Tao Telecom on 4 October 2019. The suspect had stolen a Gopro, a Gopro stand, 2 USB cords, a spare battery, a battery charger case, a card reader and more.

    Gerhardus from The Netherlands was caught on the security camera inside the store. The Koh Tao Police decided to contact the Surat Thani Immigration to use the Biometrics system in order to get information on Gerhardus. Officials also tracked him down to find what his activities and plans were after the day of the theft, this was also to make sure that Gerhardus hasn’t committed any more theft to other local stores in Surat Thani.

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    Credit: INN News

    Turns out the investigation team discovered that he had run away from Koh Tao Island and was hiding at a bungalow on Koh Samui Island. The suspect had crossed islands with the belief that he could escape the law and keep the brand new GoPro all to himself.

    Officials teamed up together and planned to arrest the suspect while he was traveling back to his room after enjoying a day out. There was evidence hidden under the stairs in his room which included the stolen Gopro and other stolen goods from Koh Tao Telecom. When Gerhardus arrived the police informed him of the charges then they took him to the police station. The suspect has now been sent to the Koh Tao Police Station for the prosecution process. Hopefully, this will set an example to others that theft is never a good idea, especially in a foreign land.

    FB Caption: There was evidence hidden under the stairs in his room which included the stolen Gopro and other stolen goods from Koh Tao Telecom.

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  • Tourists return cursed rocks back to Koh Hin Kgam

    Tourists from many nations around the world have mailed back rocks taken from the Koh Hin Knag Island in Satun Province after they decided to take souvenirs home. Tarutao National Marine Park Facebook page posted online about a mail envelope sent back to Thailand from the USA. The envelope was mailed back to the Island, inside was a letter attached.

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    Credit: INN News

    The letter stated “When my partner and I were on vacation last winter in the islands, we carried a pocketful of rocks off of the Koh Hin Ngam. Beautiful as it is, I know where it belongs and have since learned all about the islands beautiful stones and the curse they are associated with. 2019 has certainly been a rough year, filled with loss and I hope to start a new year fresh, with many things back….

    Can you help me return it? I’m so sorry for disrespecting your beautiful park by taking something so special – it is much more beautiful on the island (smiley face). Thank you for your help and understanding.”

    Ekkachai Muatchan from the National Marine Park reported that every month the Park receives multiple mail envelopes and boxes from countries around the world. All of the mails are to return rocks taken from the Koh Hin Kgam Island. The National Marine Park is grateful that tourists have the good intention to return the rocks back to where they came from. Although they realize that the reason is that the rocks are cursed by the Tarutao Islands.

    The rocks are cursed that if anyone takes them away from the islands, the rocks will find a way to return back to its origin. The National Marine Park has put up a sign to not pick up rocks that are stacked on top of each other because it can cause a collapse and break other rocks nearby. The Park revealed that they have placed the rock back on the island. Some countries that have sent rocks back to the island include Malaysia, China, and the USA. Most tourists will pick up pretty rocks from the Koh Hin Kgam Island without thinking much about it. These rocks are very unique when the seawater splashes on the rocks they glisten with colorful shine. This year about 30 rocks have been mailed back so far.

    FB Caption: “Beautiful as it is, I know where it belongs and have since learned all about the island’s beautiful stones and the curse they are associated with.”

    Source: INN News

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