March 13, 2018 03:34:50by

Caught on camera: Airport security guard steals £450 from a bag

Caught on camera: Airport security guard steals £450 from a bag

This is the shocking moment an airport security guards steals £450 in cash from a passenger's handbag - seconds before it goes through an X-ray machine.

Busakorn Somkwamdee, 26, was caught on CCTV at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, opening the flap on the tourist's bag, which had been put into a basket on a conveyor belt on Monday.

She then swiftly pulls out a large bundle of notes and slips them into her right pocket - despite a passenger standing next to her at the time.

But the horrified Chinese passenger whose money was stolen contacted airport bosses when she noticed it was missing while sitting in the departure lounge.

Cops pounced on Somkwamdee who was then caught red-handed with 4,000 Chinese yen in her pockets on Monday afternoon at around 3pm.

The employee, who had worked at the airport for two years, was interviewed by police and suspended after she admitted the theft.

Airport boss Kittipong Kittikajorn said the security guard admitted the theft but claimed it was the first time she had stolen.

Kittipong, deputy director of the airport, said: 'Airport officials are reviewing CCTV to check if the staff member has stolen from other passengers.

'We believe that there could be other thefts because she carried out this one very professionally. She was quick with her hands and knew how to avoid CCTV cameras.

'All the evidence will be gathered and she will be prosecuted.

'The money was returned to the passenger who was very relieved. The offender insisted it was her first time stealing from passengers but we do not believe her.

'We have contacted the security company that hires the guards and instructed them to improve the screening process when hiring guards.'

The airport tightened security last week after eight of its baggage handlers were caught stealing duty-free goods worth around £20,000 from an airline.