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16 October 2007 :: 16:10:49 pm 40383

BRAZEN THEFT AT FOREIGNER’S HOUSE NETS OVER TWO MILLION BAHT

A house belonging to a Dutch national was burglarized of money and property worth about two million baht. The thief, or thieves, got away with an expensive gold watch, gold, cash, in Euros and a laptop computer. Suspects include the ladies who formerly lived in the house, but were kicked out, or, possibly, a construction worker.
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On 16 October 2007, at 4:20 AM, Investigator Police Lieutenant Colonel Chaiporn Nathong-pean and a police team rushed to the eighteen million baht house of a foreigner that had been robbed of cash and property worth two million baht. The house belonged to Mr. Jacob Tobias Erik Wanrooij, or “Erik” (47), from Holland. The crime scene was located at 375/102 Pratamnak Soi 5, Moo 12, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi.
At the scene of the robbery, a two story house, worth about eighteen million baht, with fencing all around it, Mr. “Erik” was waiting for the police, dazed and shaken up. Miss Wanna Tabpan, nickname “Noi” (24), his friend from a local beer bar and Miss Woralak Sabsart (22), a friend of Miss Noi, were consoling Mr. Erik.

Police inspection of the property determined that a glass window, near the lawn, had been forced open. There were mud footprints, from sneakers, in the living room. Apparently, the thief searched the house, entered the bedroom, forced open the safe and removed the contents. Then, he went upstairs to another bedroom and swept up all the valuables. The thief made his exit by climbing over the wall at the side of the house. Police discovered footprints on the wall and recorded them, thoroughly, before contacting forensic authorities to come and examine the house for fingerprints.

Mr. Erik told the police that he bought the fully furnished house for more than eighteen million baht. He had been living in the house for about six months and never had a break-in before. About three months ago, he invited four go-go girls to move into the house and supported them. They were Miss Noi (who was at the incident), Miss Ning, Miss Jimie and Miss Ann. They all had worked as dancers at a bar on Walking Street, South Pattaya. Mr. Erik also provided each girl with a monthly allowance of one hundred thousand baht.

Recently, he started having some problems with the girls and became bored with them and asked them to leave. On the evening of 15 October, at around 8:30 PM, he locked the house and went out for a drink at a beer bar on Walking Street. He asked Miss Noi (one of the girls whom he had evicted from the house) to meet him, as he missed her and decided that she was the most decent one of the lot.

Mr. Erik brought Miss Noi back to his home and was shocked to find that his house had been broken into and robbed. The house had been ransacked and his possessions were scattered around the house. The safe, in the closet of the ground floor bedroom, had been forced open. His gold, “IWC” watch, which was worth about 1.5 million baht and three hundred Euros were stolen, as well. Items taken from the upstairs bedroom included a laptop computer, his land and house deed documents and his passport. Altogether, the loss totaled about 2.5 million baht. When Mr. Erik was able to regain some of his composure, he asked Miss Noi to call the police.

Mr. Erik, sadly, told the police that he believed that the thief may be someone who is well acquainted with the house. As no CCTV camera or burglar alarm had been installed yet, it was easy for the thief to perpetrate this crime. He said he was suspicious that one of the girls that he evicted from the house may have come back and robbed him.

Miss Noi said that Mr. Erik took good care of her. She said that she is not close with the other three girls, as they don’t work in the same bar as her. In addition, Noi was aware that the other three girls had Thai husbands, who they are still together with. One of the girls, Miss Ann, has a prior record for theft and drug addiction. After Mr. Erik evicted them from the house, Ann called Noi to complain. Police will further investigate this and other leads.

A security guard, Mr. Jamnai Jan-gla (51), who had been on duty, said that at about 12:30 AM, three men who appeared to be construction workers, came into the soi, but did not behave suspiciously. The only sound he heard was a dog barking. He searched the area but did not see anything untoward. Possibly, the thief took the opportunity to rob Mr. Erik’s house when the security guard went to investigate the barking dog.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Chaiporn said that there were someone’s footprints entering the house and footprints on the wall, where the thief left the house. There could have been one or two thieves who knew that the house had no alarm system. In addition the front gate and the bedroom were unlocked. All the stolen items were small and easy to bring out.

The perpetrators could have been the girls who were evicted from the house or local construction workers. Police will bring in all the girls who Mr. Erik used to support for questioning and will compare their fingerprints with those found in the house. The police will also contact all local pawnshops to see if the thieves pawned Mr. Erik’s expensive watch. The police will attempt to apprehend and arrest the perpetrators as soon as possible.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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