Chalong Police Dept, Report #021: a Monkey Stole My Purse (and other implausible speculations).

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Filing my police report.
I moped around the apartment this morning, still feeling sorry for myself for having been robbed yesterday. Here’s the deal: it just doesn’t make SENSE. This condo is new, and the building seems so secure! There are guards and surveillance cameras, plus our place has two locked entry doors.

Steve and I discussed our ideas on how it may have happened. The poor cleaning lady is not fairing well in these speculations! But she is a friend of the owner who vouches for her unconditionally. So, lacking plausible explanations, we have had to get creative. One of our working theories is that a trained monkey entered through the balcony door. Wait, stay with me here. Now, this monkey has only been taught to steal purses, which is why our electronics were untouched! (Then… in a bizarre move, the monkey choose to exit out the front door, instead of back down the balcony…? See, all our theories fall apart like that.
At the Chalong Police Department. The officer looks pretty thrilled, doesn't he?
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After a bit, the locksmith came to change the lock, and then we went to the police station to file a report. We were escorted by two men from the management company, who would act as our translators. (One guy, Peter, was Thai but had an odd accent. Turns out he had lived in Texas for 30 years!)

The police station was very quiet. All the desks were strangely bare of pens, papers or files, although they did have a couple computers set up. It looked like they had just moved in and had yet to unpack. The officers were sitting around a large table, and I think we were probably interrupting a nice chat. The guys all spoke in Thai a bit, and then we all sat down at a desk. An officer asked me all the questions one would expect, such as name, passport number, details of the theft and a timeline.
Steve waits for lunch.
This was done through my translators, and I was sure glad they were there. (By the way, I did not put forth the monkey theory at this point. It needs…some work.)

Having taken his notes on a plain piece of paper, my officer then got out the Official crime report ledger. He turned to the next blank consecutively numbered page, and I saw that I was Number 021. Hmmm, guess there’s not a lot of crime in Phuket. He filled out each area of the report in very neat handwriting. After all was complete, I signed the report, which was written 100% in Thai and could have said anything, and we were off.

During the time we were in the station, the weather had changed from sunny to a complete downpour. But as we exited it was sunny again. I love this whole monsoon thing.
Kata Beach, view at lunch.


We were dropped off at our place, and then went out to find lunch. We ended up at a place our diving guy had recommended, simply called “Thai Food” on Kata Beach. We had very delicious Thai salads, and I had a Thai omelet while Steve seared his mouth on a curry. We had asked that everything be prepared “PED PED (very spicy)!” and the staff was intently watching us eat. Our mouths were burning, and our eyes were watering. When we were done the waitress said, “too hot for you, right?” but we assured her we thought it was delicious, which surprised her to no end.

At some point during lunch it was decided we would go back up to Mai Khao beach, way up at the north end of the island. We think there’s a turtle conservation area up there and wanted to find it.
Kata Beach surfer dude.
Maybe they will let me release some baby turtles into the ocean!

Well, three hours later, we still hadn’t found it, though we did find an incredibly desolate and windblown section of beach. There were no turtles, though, which is just as well. They would have just blown away, and that would be a pretty sad thing to see. We walked along the beach a bit until the sandblasting on our skin became more than we could bear. The pounding surf was incredible. In some places, there were shells of buildings that we think were wiped out in the 2004 tsunami. Not much rebuilding had been done, and it was easy to see why… It felt like the untamed ocean could swallow us up in a moment.

Back at Kata Beach in the evening, we walked to the main drag for dinner. I bought a Lacoste t-shirt along the way for $5.
Steve and the high seas.
We went to an all-white, bright, restaurant called Mali, where Steve ordered a lobster the size of a Smart Car, and I had an awful pizza. (OK, OK, I officially give up on pizza now! I am now completely convinced no one in Thailand knows how the hell to make one right!). We also had “free salad bar!” which was fresh and delicious, although instead of lettuce they had green beans. No complaints from me of course. I love green beans.

On the way home, we booked one of those awful tours to “James Bond Island.” I couldn’t help myself. If you recall, we drove ourselves up there a couple days ago, and tried to find a guy to take us out in a boat. The longboat guy wanted more than 2000baht to just drive us around the bay! The trip I booked will cost 1500baht each for the whole day, and includes all transportation AND lunch! Unfortunately we will have to share the experience with about 40 others, but I guess that’s how it is.
A palm tree and I battle the wind.
There just aren’t that many entertainment options on Phuket, sad to say.

Tomorrow: I don’t know. Maybe a road trip off Phuket again, or to the Phuket Aquarium? I guess we’ll figure it out tomorrow…we’re on “island time!”

stabber911 says:
That is so good that AMEX refunded 4,000USD. !!!
Posted on: May 17, 2008
cmgervais says:
I just called back and got a more much more helpful representative. She did the whole report/claim over again. I sent her the police report and a few other things she asked for ... and she took care of it! Very happy about that.
Posted on: May 17, 2008
sandra-kids says:
AWESOME!!!!! So what did you do to get them to change their verdict?
Posted on: May 17, 2008
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Filing my police report.
Filing my police report.
At the Chalong Police Department. …
At the Chalong Police Department.…
Steve waits for lunch.
Steve waits for lunch.
Kata Beach, view at lunch.
Kata Beach, view at lunch.
Kata Beach surfer dude.
Kata Beach surfer dude.
Steve and the high seas.
Steve and the high seas.
A palm tree and I battle the wind.
A palm tree and I battle the wind.
The side says Donated by Friends …
The side says "Donated by Friends…
Boat from the Friends of Californ…
Boat from the "Friends of Califor…
Not much going on here. Mai Khao B…
Not much going on here. Mai Khao …
This looks foggy because there of …
This looks foggy because there of…
Mai Khao Beach.
Mai Khao Beach.
Mai Khao Beach.
Mai Khao Beach.
Steve on Mai Khao Beach.
Steve on Mai Khao Beach.
I suspect this red flag is permane…
I suspect this red flag is perman…
Path along Mai Khao Beach.
Path along Mai Khao Beach.
School bus?
School bus?
Children going home from school. S…
Children going home from school. …
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