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25 September 2012 :: 15:09:26 pm 66896

Gas-Guzzling Thieves Hijack Fuel Tank Truck

Three armed criminals on a motorcyle hijacked a loaded fuel truck. They tied up the driver and his assistant and dumped them before driving away with the truck. The truck was found abandoned later in Sri Racha, drained of its fuel.
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SRI RACHA – September 24, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]: at 2:30 a.m., a report of an armed hijacking of a fuel truck was received by Pol. Lt. Capt. Kritsakorn Kamolpop, shift officer at Lamchabang police station, Sri Racha.

The hijacking was reported by the truck driver, Mr. Anan Kamolsungsud, age 41, who works for Good Team Co. Ltd., a fuel transport company from a well-known oil depot in Sri Racha. Mr. Anan told police that at 9:30 p.m., he had filled his truck tanks with fuel and drove out from the depot, with his assistant truck boy, Mr. Sakol Anantabut, age 45, sitting in his cab.

When they reached Lamchabang junction moo 3, Toong Su Khla, Sri Racha, three men riding a motorcycle and wearing the company’s Goode Company uniforms called for them to stop the oil truck.

Then the men revealed that they were robbers, and climbed up to the driver’s side of the truck and pointed a gun at them, which was covered by a coat. Then two robbers got in the truck and forced Mr. Anan to keep driving. The other man followed the truck on the motorcycle. After the truck was driven for a while, the robbers cut the truck’s GPS system that was tracking the truck’s location for the company.

Then the criminals told Mr. Anan to park the truck near the entrance of Khao Kheao zoo. The robbers then tied his and the truck boy’s hands and then dumped them, and drove away with the truck. Mr. Anan and the truck boy helped each other to untie their knots and rushed to notify the police at Lamchabang police station. The police reported the hijacking to nearby police stations to intercept the oil truck, but the truck was not immediately located.

Then at 3:00 p.m., the Lamchabang police radio center heard from the Sri Racha police station that they found a white Scania 18-wheel fuel truck, registration code 77-5590, tail license plate 77-5971 Bangkok. The abandoned truck was parked on the street around the rim of the Bang Phra reservoir road, moo 5, Bang Phra, Sri Racha.

Pol. Lt. Col. Attaporn Klanruengsang, detective inspector of Lamchabang police station, brought detectives to check the truck. Police found that the thieves had drained two diesel tanks and supreme 91 tank of fuel. The criminals also left an oil container on the site. Police discovered that the grille covers had been torn off from a tank with a capacity of 10,000 liters of diesel oil; another tank with a capacity of 6,000 liters of supreme 91 oil; and a third tank that could hold 6,000 liters of diesel oil.

But the amount of both kinds of oil missing were still unknown so the loss could not be calculated. The truck’s fueling records at the depot have to be rechecked again by the company before an accurate tally of the stolen fuel could be made. Police also found that the thieves had broken the vehicles two CCTVs, one mounted on a corner of the truck, and the other inside the cab. After the police inspection, company employees drove the truck to the company’s parking lot.

Earlier at 10:00 a.m., the police investigations had begun after the truck hijacking was reported to Pol. Col. Sakpree Peaopanich, director of the Lamchabang police station. The police commander had summoned Pol. Lt. Col. Tharatep Tupanich, vice director of detective division; and Pol. Lt. Col.Attaporn Klanruengsang, detective inspector; and called a meeting of all the detectives, who were then assigned to separate investigations to gather information.

Pol. Col. Sakpree commanded his team to check all the CCTVs along the route taken by the hijacked truck, to check for the motorcycle that followed the truck, as well as the appearances of the hijackers and vehicle registration numbers.

Police detectives then later went to check the hijacked truck being kept in the parking lot, and checked the truck’s CCTV and security system of the company. Pol. Col. Sakpree commanded the detective team to question all the company’s related staff, including the driver and the truck boy, and to check the records of all drivers, both new and old.

The police commander suspected that the hijacking was an inside job that probably involved company employees. He expected police to make arrests soon.

Category : Crime News

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