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17 February 2008 :: 19:02:22 pm 12040

“Fino” Motorbike Thieves Apprehended

All eleven members of the “Fino” gang of motorbike thieves were arrested and displayed to the media.
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Chonburi- On 16 February 2008, Chonburi Police Commander, Police Major General Bundit Kunjak, accompanied by Police Colonel Wanchai Ekpornpich, held a news conference, in front of the Chonburi Police Station, regarding the arrest of eleven members of the “Fino Motorbike Gang”, a gang of motorbike thieves in Chonburi.

Previously, on 14 February, it had been reported that a police team had arrested three brothers, at a house, address 8/11 Soi Baan Suan, Meung District, Chonburi, in the act of separating motorcycle parts. The police found a Yamaha Fino motorbike whose engine number was that which the police had recorded as stolen. Additionally, the police found two more motorbikes that were ready to be delivered to the thieves’ customers.

When police questioned the three brothers, Mr. Sontaya, Mr. Weerayut and Mr. Wattana Boontarikchart, they explained that they had more cohorts in their motorcycle theft gang. The police managed to arrest the entire gang, eleven in all, including ten men and a woman. All the perpetrators were displayed for the media on 16 February.

The gang was responsible for the theft of twenty-two motorbikes, including six Yamaha Finos, two Yamah Meos, four Yamaha Nouvos, two Honda Clicks, two Honda Sonics, seven Honda Waves and one Tiger motorbike. The police also retrieved one hundred spare parts and number plates, as well as, a Thai manufactured handgun with four bullets.

The gang members admitted that they had been involved in this illicit enterprise for a long time. They would steal motorbikes from markets or dormitory parking lots and sell them to ordinary shops for 4000 baht for bikes that were brand new or in excellent condition; or 3000 baht for older ones. They would sell the spare parts, at very low prices, to motorbike repair shops. The miscreants spent their ill gotten money on illicit drugs.        

Presumably, they will now have plenty of time to contemplate their acts behind bars.

Reporter : Yanwarrut   Photo : Yanwarrut   Category : Crime News

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