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14 March 2014 :: 07:03:50 am 83094

10 Million THB Bullion Thief Arrested

A gang of swindlers led by “Sarge (Sergeant) Koh Nakhon Sawan” have been arrested, trying to impersonate a famous politician to con a shop owner. A career criminal, “Sarge” had come out of jail only a year ago.
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SUPHAN BURI – March 12, 2014 [Pattaya Daily News]; at 3.30 p.m.; Pol.Col. Anusorn Wanapakorn (Deputy Commander of Suphan Buri Provincial Police Station) was notified by Mr. Kiettisak Suwanjaksri (the owner of Thong Suphan gold shop) that someone had phoned him, claiming that he was Mr. Jongchai Thiangtharm (ex-Assistant Party Leader of Chart Thai Party) and wished to purchase gold bullion weighing 250 THB, worth 5,200,000 THB. Pol.Col. Anusorn assumed that it might be the con artist that had previously disguised his voice to imitate the voice of the ex-Assistant Party Leader of Chart Thai Party. He commanded Pol.Col. Aphichit Suraphinit (Superintendent of Suphan Buri Provincial Police Station), Pol.Lt.Col. Seksit Janthorn, Pol.Lt.Col. Sawang Paen-suwan and Pol.Maj. Ratchaphol Kittikhunchanok (Inspector) to plan a sting operation to arrest the man. They organised for Mr. Kiettisak (the gold shop owner) to take the bullion to the swindler on the side of Suphan Buri – Chainat road, in the area of Tambon Sa Narm Chai.

Once a venue was decided upon, the police force coordinated with the shop owner to carry through with the drop. At the allotted time, the criminal turned up in a black Toyota Fortuner, license number Khor Nor 4111, registered in Chiang Mai. He parked on the side of the road, and the shop owner took a box of bullion to him. The criminal took the box, at which point the police went to arrest him. The culprit tried to flee, but was caught, with 4 gold bars weighing 40 THB, 3 gold necklaces with a total weight of 17 THB, 2 gold Buddha images, 1 gold ring weighing 1 THB, 1 necklace housing a metal amulet on sacred beads, and some name cards. All of this was retained by the police as evidence.

Upon further examination of the thief, Mr. Phongphat Yothee or Tueng Wat Phra Thart, aged 52, address 168/1 Moo 1 Tambon Rua Yai, Amphur Mueang, Suphan Buri Province, said that he worked for Sarge (Sergeant) Koh and Sarge (Sergeant) Man Nakhon sawan. It transpires that Sarge Koh was the brains of the gang of 6. He would make the phone call to an unsuspecting gold shop owner, and imitate various high ranking Thai officials, claiming that the gold was to be used to give to his election canvassers. When duped, “Sarge” would specify a meet on the side of the road, and would tell the owner that his employee was to pick the bullion up. There would be an accompanying white Toyota Vigo pick-up truck, license 198 Nakhon Sawan containing the other gang members, for security.

After the heist, the booty was divided up amongst the men. Mr. Phongphat also admitted to the police that previously, on February 11, 2014, Sarge Koh had imitated Mr. Praphat Pho-suthon (a current political figure) in order to deceive the owner of Thong Sawasdee gold shop. He wanted to buy bullion weighing 150 THB, worth 2,992,000 THB. This con had been successful.

Mr. Phongphat further told police that he had been committing offences with Sarge Koh and Sarge Man (who are both ex-soldiers of Jiraprawat camp, Nakhon Sawan Province) for a long time. His last 4 year stretch in prison was for fraud. He also had 43 criminal allegations against his name.

Pol.Col. Anusorn Wanapakorn (Deputy Commander of Suphan Buri Provincial Police Station) revealed that this gang of swindlers were wanted nationwide, as their swindle had been attempted on bank officers, businessmen and gold shop owners. He is still tracking down the other members of the gang to prosecute them further according to Thai law.

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