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13 November 2012 :: 15:11:25 pm 68443

Police Slow To Respond to Dane’s Stolen Car

About a month ago, a 65-year-old Denmark man watched his car being stolen from a Chonburi department store parking lot. The slow-reacting police allowed the thief to make a clean getaway. The frustrated Dane finally contacted the Saensuk police, who reportedly are knowledgeable about car theft gangs.
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CHONBURI – October 10, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]; Mr. Mircea Constantin Popescu, age 65, from Denmark, parked his car in a department store parking lot in Central Chonburi to do some shopping. His car was a white Toyota Fortuner Smart model, license number KOR LOR-9650 Chonburi.

After only five minutes, Mr. Mircea returned to his car, but saw it being driven from the parking lot. He hurriedly called his Thai girlfriend, Mrs. Yupharat Popesot, age 40, to tell her that his car had just been stolen.

He asked her to notify the police for him, because he didn’t know where to call. His girlfriend notified 191 immediately for police to come to inspect the incident location. Because the theft occurred only 5 minutes ago, and it was 5 p.m. in the afternoon, Mr. Mircea assumed that the thief had not yet escaped very far.


But instead of immediately looking for his stolen car, the responding police officer first took Mr. Mircea to the Samed police station to file a theft report. Then the police went back to the store parking lot to inspect the crime scene. The police then asked to see footage from the CCTV of the department store.

By this time, hours had elapsed since Mr. Mircea’s car had been stolen. Mr. Mircea coordinated with the department store, which let him see the CCTV footage from various locations. Mr. Mircea could see his car being driven past the cameras, but couldn’t see the driver. So the officers from the Samed police station asked for the footage on the CCTVs to inspect for this case further.

Since the day of the theft nearly 30 days ago, there is no trace that Mr. Mircea will get back his car, worth more than 1 million THB. So Mr. Mircea came with his Thai girlfriend to ask for assistance at the Saensuk police station. He brought the evidence to give to Pol. Col. Itthiporn Phothong, the police superintendent, and the police team.

His Danish friends had told Mr. Mircea that the Saensuk police were experienced in dealing with car thefts, and may be able to help him. Pol. Col. Itthiporn saw that Mr. Mricea was a foreigner, so he helped him although it is not his area of responsibility.

The police superintendent sent all the information about the theft to Pol. Lt. Col. Paponpat Baiya and his police team to investigate the case immediately. The Saensuk police have some evidence that may help find the gang of thieves that stole Mr. Mircea’s car — assuming it is the same gang that has stolen many cars in area. The thieves especially target cars belonging to foreigners.

Reporter : Nirach Thipsrikun   Photo : Nirach Thipsrikun   Category : Crime News

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