Pattaya Daily News

10 November 2012 :: 14:11:45 pm 68363

Guard Served Spiked Green Tea In Factory Theft

A gardener at a gas factory is suspected of stealing the company safe after drugging the security guard with spiked green tea. The guard said he passed out after drinking the tea. When he was revived the next morning, someone had stolen the safe, which contained only 300 THB in coins.
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PATTAYA – November 9, 2012[Pattaya Daily News]; at 8:30 a.m., a report of a thief stealing property in a gas factory was received by Pol. Lt. Col. Chaiporn Thongnapeang, investigation officer, Banglamung police station, Chonburi province. He rushed to inspect the scene with Pol. Col. Somneuk Jankate, Superintendent; Pol. Sub. Lt. Nopphadol Inthasorn, Deputy Inspector; and the detective police team.

The factory, World Gas Co., Ltd., is located at address 458/12 Soi Chaipornvithee Moo 4 Tambon Nong Preu, Amphur Banglamung.

Waiting for the police at the gas factory office were the company’s financial officer, Ms. Ajchara Reungrit, age 50; and a security guard. The security guard, Mr. Wallop Ubdulloh, age 34, works for Areeya Group Co., Ltd., the company providing security for the factory.

Police discovered that the thief levered open the sliding windows in front of the office which had the iron cage, and then stole a safe weighing approximately 100 kg with no valuable assets inside. The safe had contained about 300 THB worth of coins that Ms. Ajchara used to give change to customers. Initially, the police let the science technician dust for any fingerprints of the thief for evidence.

Police questioned the security guard, Mr. Wallop. He said that he had been drugged by the gardener, who was the likely thief. Mr. Wallop told police that at 1:30 a.m., he was working in the sentry box at the entrance of factory when he was approached by the company’s gardener, known by his nickname “Mr. Champ,” who is between 30- to 35-years-old.

Mr. Champ had brought a bottle of Oishi green tea for him to drink. Mr. Wallop observed that the lid of the bottle was already opened. But he thought nothing of it, because Mr. Champ always bought the green tea for him to drink.

But this time after drinking the green tea, Mr. Wallop became unconscious until the morning, when he was found by his security guard friend coming to work. The other security guard performed first aid on Mr. Wallop until he got conscious. They then discovered that a thief had broken into the office and had stolen the safe.

Ms. Ajchara Reungrit, the financial officer, said that the gas factory was owned by Pol. Gen. Somyos Phoomphanmuang, the Deputy Director-General. She added that the factory had also previously been burglarized six years ago. In that burglary, a thief stole 100,000 THB cash and a 5-THB weight gold necklace from the safe. The thief was never caught.

But the suspect who stole the safe this time only ended up with a small amount of coins. Luckily, on the day of the theft, Ms. Ajchara had not put the usual daily company revenues of 100,000 THB cash in the safe because it is difficult to open.

Police detectives later had the security guard Mr. Wallop take them to the house of Mr. Champ the gardner, who lives near the gas factory. But Mr. Champ was not home when they arrived. Police questioned the neighbors, but no one knew where Mr. Champ went. So the police planted an undercover agent to observe the house and wait for the possible return of the suspect, to restrain and investigate.

Pol. Col. Somneuk Jankate revealed that the police initially did not believe Mr. Wallop’s claim of being drugged, and suspected the guard of collaborating with the gardener to steal the safe. A police detective took Mr. Wallop to Banglamung hospital to check up his body, but they did not find anything suspicious. So the police released Mr. Wallop after completing their investigation of him.

Police will follow up to arrest Mr. Champ to be investigated. If the police find the gardener committed the crime, then he will be prosecuted further according to the law.

Reporter : Tanasab   Photo : Tanasab   Category : Crime News

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