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[font=Palatino, Georgia, Times New Roman, Times, serif][size=+2]Drowning victims now being looted[/size][/font]
[font=Palatino, Georgia, Times New Roman, Times, serif][size=+1]Rescue team accused of taking jewelry, while thieves steal donated relief goods[/size][/font]
[size=-1]Posted: December 31, 2004
1:30 p.m. Eastern

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[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]While the world responds to calls for help in the wake of Asia's tsunami disaster, authorities say looting of victims is now taking place, with some accusations involving a rescue team. [/font]

[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]According to the Nation newspaper in Thailand, rescue workers, or people disguised as rescue workers, have been stealing from those who drowned, as well as area shops. [/font]

[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]Police in Phuket "have received complaints that a supposed rescue worker stole [$77,000 worth of jewelry] from a safe, while a man spotted another man trying to haul away his four-wheel-drive sports utility vehicle," the paper stated. [/font]

[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]The owner of Mother Gems on Patong Beach, said the safe was crushed under wreckage from her department store. [/font]

[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]A security officer, Thaweewong Wongthong, told authorities he saw a man "wearing shorts and white T-shirt with the word 'police' on its back opening the safe box." [/font]

[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]The suspect reportedly arrived with 200 rescue workers from a foundation, and when police tried to call the group to form a lineup, the head of the team became angry and led his group to another town. [/font]

[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]Police also found looted items on some rescuers on Phi Phi island. [/font]

[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]A hotel manager reported "some rescue workers were spotted taking away valuable goods from dead bodies. Police later searched and found that some 20 of the workers had valuables looted from the dead," according to the paper. [/font]

[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]One suspect, Winai Cholthan, was found with 33 items, including rings and earrings. He reportedly admitted he and four friends traveled by boat to loot the island. [/font]

[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]Thieves also stole donated goods slated to be distributed to villagers in Takua Pa's Tambon Khao Lak. [/font]

[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]Hundreds of extra police have been sent to areas wear looting is reported to be heavy, according to Agence France-Presse. [/font]

[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]At least 13 Burmese migrant workers have been arrested so far for stealing items including television sets. [/font]

[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]"Many looters were arrested in Phuket," said Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. "The ATM has been hit. It's really bad. We must consider these people very bad guys." [/font]

[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]The process of identifying many of the victims remains difficult because wallets containing identification are missing, said Krabi police chief Sermphan Singthong. [/font]

[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]"We are not sure whether the wallets were stolen or washed away by the waves," he said. [/font]
 

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It's not surprising, seeing how poor the area is. As far as respect for the dead, they probably don't see it that way. More like "they don't need it anymore, I might as well use it." A different mentality then what Americans are used to.
 
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