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Pattaya Daily News

13 February 2010 :: 16:02:58 pm 13219

Pattaya Man Steals Car to Pay For Valentines Day Gift

A Thai man has stolen the pickup of his former employer to fund the purchase of a Valentines Day gift for his beloved girlfriend.
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Pattaya, the 12th of February 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: At approximately 3:30pm on Friday, police Lieutenant Colonel Sutham Chaosrithang (Pattaya Police Deputy Superintendent) received a report that a vehicle, which had been reported stolen, had been sighted in the area around Soi Yen-Sabai, South Pattaya. A team of police who had been patrolling in the local area were dispatched to the scene immediately.

 After confronting the driver of the pickup, Mr. Somchai Sriwilai [36], police began to investigate the vehicle to determine if it was the one that had been reported stolen. The driver subsequently proceeded to start the car and attempted to drive-off, however; he did not succeed and was arrested by police immediately. Mr. Apiwat Wongkalasin [33] the owner of the pickup, who had reported the theft and subsequently informed police of its location, was at the scene to identify the offender. .

Mr. Wongkalasin’s statement revealed that Mr. Sriwilai was a former employ at his ‘sign crafting shop’ on the Mabprachan Road, East Pattaya. He had appeared at the shop on Friday morning asking to be re-employed to which Mr. Wongkalasin refused. It is then alleged the Mr. Sriwilai took the keys to his pickup and stole the vehicle from behind the premise. Upon discovering the theft Mr. Wongkalasin drove around the city all day looking for his car, before spotting it in South Pattaya at which point he informed police. Mr. Wongkalasin also stated that all his welding equipment which had been in the back of the vehicle which now appeared to be missing.

Under interrogation, Mr. Sriwilai confessed to having taken the pickup without the consent of Mr. Wongkalasin and to having sold the welding equipment for cash. In an emotional state Mr. Sriwilai explained that he had sold the welding equipment so as he could afford to purchase some roses to give to his girlfriend on Valentines Day. He further stated that he had never intended to sell or steel the pickup but needed the money from the sale of the welding equipment in order to purchase the gift, as he had recently lost his job.

Police were reluctant to believe Mr. Sriwilai’s story, although he was in possession of a box of roses at the time of his arrest. He has subsequently been taken to the Pattaya Police Station where he has been charged with the theft of a motor vehicle and for selling stolen property. Mr. Sriwilai will now remain in police custody awaiting further judicial proceedings to commence.

Reporter : Wirraphun   Photo : Wirraphun   Category : Crime News

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