Pattaya Daily News

29 November 2012 :: 18:11:34 pm 68991

Burglars Steal Hotel’s Small Safe With Big Stash

Burglars removed a small room safe of a North Pattaya hotel manager containing 1 million THB worth of cash and jewelry. Another employee’s room was ransacked, but nothing was taken. Police suspect the thieves were familiar with the movement of the victims in planning the burglaries.
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PATTAYA – November 28, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]; a report of a burglary with property stolen from two hotel staff members was received by Pol. Lt. Surachok Kangwanwanich, investigation officer, Pattaya police station. He went to check the scene with Pol. Lt. Col. Kiettisak Sathongoy, Deputy Superintendent and a detective police team.

The incident occurred at the Health and Spa hotel complex on north Pattaya road. The burglaries took place in the 3rd floor of a 4-story building behind the hotel. The area is reserved for living quarters for hotel employees and administrators.

Waiting for the police was the first victim, Ms. Suchanee Kunawattana, age 45, the hotel’s public relations staff member. She had moved into her room only 9 days ago. Ms. Suchanee normally works in the hotel’s Bangkok branch, but was helping the Pattaya branch.

Ms. Suchanee discovered the break-in when she went to her room to rest. She discovered that her key could not unlock the door. After checking closer, she discovered that someone had broken into her room, and also the adjoining room of her boss. However, nothing was taken from her room.

Arriving police officers then checked the room of her boss, the hotel manager, identified as Ms. Napat Larppratthana, age 43, from Udornthani province. Ms. Napat pointed out to police the evidence of the break-in of her room.

The thieves had removed her room’s small safe, measuring 50 x 50 cm, which contained more than 1 million THB cash and gold jewelry. Among the stolen items were a gold Buddha image, a gold bar, a gold necklace, a diamond necklace, a gold ring and a diamond ring.

Ms. Napat is the niece of the hotel chain’s owner, Mr. Pitak Larppratthana, age 58. Her duties are to administrate and take care of employees of the Pattaya hotel. Her uncle mostly attends to his other hotels in more than 10 locations, both in Bangkok and upcountry.

Ms. Napat was working in the hotel when the burglary of her room occurred. When Ms. Suchanee called to inform her about the burglary, she hurried to check her room and then notified the police.

Police suspect that there had to be more than one burglar. The burglars also seemed familiar with the movements and routines of the hotel staff. So they broke into the two rooms while the occupants were gone, starting with Ms. Suchanee’s room.

But after finding nothing valuable, they broke into Ms. Napat’s room and took the safe. They then escaped into the nearby forested area. The police science specialist dusted for possible fingerprints of the burglars. A detective team was also assigned to investigate further and track down the burglars.

Reporter : Tanasab   Photo : Tanasab   Category : Crime News

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