Pattaya Daily News

13 January 2011 :: 09:01:52 am 48864

Motorcycle thieves potted

Around midnight on Dec 11th Police arrested 2 teenaged boys on drug and theft charges. The 2 luckless lads were part of a gang operating in the Si Racha area and responsible for a number of motorcycle thefts which they subsequently sold to fuel their drug habits.
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Midnight 11th December 2011 [Pattaya Daily News]: Police Lieutenant Samvothi Khunchit, Si Racha Police Station, along with Police Major Surrachai Phothigaew and a troop of officers investigating the biggest motorbike stealing gang in the area, discovered 2 teenaged boys trafficking drugs from an abandoned house next to ‘Pueksachaat’ village 9 Moo 8 Surasak, Si Racha. Along with evidence of drug trafficking, 2 Yamaha Motorbikes were recovered, both of which had been reported stolen to the Si Racha Police Station on the night of the 9th January 2011.

Following a brief struggle, both boys were arrested and confessed to stealing the bikes from the area of Bang Pra on the night of the 9th January, admitting. The 2 boys, identified as Mr Nirut Rueangsri, 21 and Mr. Kanit Nitichoti, 29 admitted the theft saying they planning to sell them in order to get money to buy drugs. They further confessed that they were part of a gang, which included 2 other persons, involved in stealing motorcycles in the Si Racha area and selling them in Rayong and Chonburi for 2,500- 3,000 baht per bike. They would split the money evenly and use it to purchase drugs and alcohol. Once their stash ran out they would go looking for another motorbike to steal, targeting dormitory and rental housing areas where they would go after midnight when the rightful owners would be fast asleep. Using a piece of metal to force into the key hole of the bike they could then start it and ride off. By offering them cheaply and without complications they were able to easily sell the stolen bikes.

After their confession the police officials confiscated a further 3 Honda Wave motorbikes that had been stolen and hidden by the gang. None of the motorbikes had license plates and the 2 arrested boys said that those bikes had been stolen by the other 2 members of their gang, who had asked them to sell them. The rightful owners of the motorbikes have yet to be identified by the police, also the whereabouts of the 2 other gang members whose names have already been revealed.

The police were then able to call the 2 Yamaha motorbike owners, who had previously notified the police about the theft of their bikes, and advise them that the bikes had been found. Ms Barichat Chuangboo, 23, owner of one of the recovered Yamaha motorbikes, said that she had parked the vehicle in front of her apartment, at Hinplerng Moo 10 Baang Pra, Si Racha. When she awoke the following morning on the 9th January, the motorbike was gone, at which point she notified the police. She described feeling very glad to have her motorbike back so quickly and thanked the police, who were not only able to arrest 2 motorbike thieves but also bust open a motorbike stealing gang operating in the area.

Reporter : Yanwarrut   Photo : Yanwarrut   Category : Crime News

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