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15 May 2013 :: 15:05:51 pm 74608

Burglary Victim Says City Volunteer Took Her Cash

Police arrested a thief who burglarized 6 rental rooms and stole properties worth almost 100,000 baht. But one victim complained that 10,000 baht of her stolen cash had disappeared. She accused a civil volunteer handling the stolen evidence of taking it, which he denied.
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PATTAYA – May 15, 2013 [Pattaya Daily News]; A report of a burglar being caught and detained in an apartment building was received by Pol. Col. Winai Sanitpan, vice suppression inspector of Pattaya police station, Chonburi.

The incident occurred at the Putong Apartment building, number 322/4, in the middle of soi 13, next to Pattaya Second Road, moo 10, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi.

When they reached the crime scene, officers found the burglary suspect being detained by Mr. Prasert You-orn, the security guard of the apartment, assisted by a good citizen. Two victims were also waiting for the police.

The thief was identified as Mr. Wutichai Boonkert, 19 years old. Police seized the evidence, which included a pair of locking pliers that he used to break open rooms.

The recovered stolen property included several items in a shoulder bag and a plastic bag seized from the suspect. Recovered were 4 iPhones, a Samsung mobile phone, 2 iPods, an iPad, an Apple notebook, 5 wristwatches, a digital camera, 23 Buddha amulets, 12,000 baht in cash, and 4,800,000 Dong (Vietnamese money).

The thief confessed that he took the opportunity when the maids and the security guard got careless to break into the apartments in the building. He used the pliers to break the door knobs to open the rooms.

The thief broke into 3 rooms in the second floor, 1 room on the third floor, and 2 rooms on the fourth floor. He then searched for properties and put them in his shoulder bag and a plastic bag. But while he was walking down the stairs to escape, both the guard and the maid saw him and caught him.

Mr. Wutichai also confessed that he had been convicted of committing 3 similar burglaries in Samut Songkhram. He was in prison in 2012, and had just been released.

The police took the suspect to check the crime scenes in the 7 burglarized rooms. Almost all of the victims were foreigners, who had rented the rooms but they were still away, so the police wrote down notes in the police journal for evidence.

But two victims had returned to their apartments to discover the thefts. The first victim, Mrs. Kanyanat Luealon, 34 years old, rents a room on the fourth floor. She reported missing 12,000 baht cash, 7 Buddha amulets, and 3 wristwatches.

The other victim, Mr. Peter Helda, 41 years old, an American, was renting a second-floor room. He reported missing an iPod and the Vietnamese Dong cash. The police took pictures to check the evidence thoroughly again at the police station.

Later at the police station, the police took all the evidence to show to the victims to check if it was all there. But Mrs. Kanyanat, after checking the recovered property, complained that 10,000 baht of her stolen cash was now missing, and there was just 2,000 baht left.

She clearly recalled that the 12,000 baht had been recovered at the crime scene, but now it was missing. She got angry and told the police to find her missing cash. When questioned, the thief said he did not hide it, and the man who had seized the stolen evidence was a traffic civil volunteer, Mr. Yod.

So the police thought Mr. Yod took the money, because he was at the crime scene, but he had not come to the police station with the others. So the police contacted Mr. Yod through police radio to have him come to the Pattaya police station.

But when Mr. Yod came, he told officers that he did not take the money, but admitted that he was at the crime scene. So the police body searched Mr. Yod, but found only a small amount of money.

However, Mrs. Kanyanat believed that Mr. Yod took the money, because she and many people saw him at the crime scene, and the money had not been gone. She told Mr. Yod that if he returned her money, she would not press charges. But Mr. Yod insisted that he did not take her missing cash.

So the police told Mrs. Kanyanat to make a report about the missing money, so that the police can question Mr. Yod as the suspect.

As for the burglar, the police will charge him with stealing property from other people’s houses at night, and then sent him to detectives to prosecute.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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