A Russian national has been arrested and charged with forging credit cards stolen in Europe to withdraw cash from ATMs in Bangkok, police said.
Sergei Afanasev, 51, was apprehended at a hotel on Sukhumvit Soi 4, where police allegedly found 129 credit cards, one card skimmer and a notebook computer.
Pol Col Suebsak Phansura, chief of the Metropolitan Police Bureau's Division 5, said the suspect entered Thailand on Saturday and had used fraudulent cards to withdraw money at least six times prior to his arrest.
Officers retrieved only 500 baht from the suspect during the arrest, leading them to believe Mr Afanasev transferred the money to other members of his gang, Pol Col Suebsak said.
Investigators believe the victims targeted by the gang were customers of banks in Europe.
Even though the victims were not in Thailand, the presence of this type of crime here was damaging to the country's reputation, Pol Col Suebsak said.
The victims' banking data was intercepted by a card skimmer used by the gang, while their pin numbers were retrieved by using a pinhole camera, he added.