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27 December 2012 :: 12:12:36 pm 69822

Shoplifter Craving The Good Life Rips Off Lotus

A 30-year-old man was arrested on multiple shoplifting charges at a Sattahip Tesco Lotus department store. The suspect said recent setbacks left him unable to support his family’s luxurious lifestyle, so he decided to steal expensive items from Tesco.
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SATTAHIP – December 26, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]; an arrest of a serial shoplifter at the Sattahip Lotus department store was announced by Pol. Col. Chonnaphat Nawalak, Superintendent, Sattahip police station; Pol. Lt. Col. Prakorb Saengpring, Deputy Superintendent; Pol. Lt. Col. Niphon Pomsanarm, Deputy Superintendent; Pol. Lt. Col. Thapanat Chayarnphat, Inspector; and the detective police team.

The suspect was identified as Mr. Thanongsak or Nong Muernmanee age 30, from Sattahip. He works at a company that exports spare automobile parts.

He is accused of stealing property worth more than 80,000 THB, including a HP desktop computer, a CD player with loud speakers, a 32-inch flat screen Samsung TV, and two T-shirts.

Pol. Col. Chonnaphat Nawalak revealed that the police were earlier notified of the thefts by a store employee, Mr. Chuchart Chang-rob, age 51, the head of security guards of the Lotus department store.

He said the suspect had shoplifted from the store on three occasions, starting from mid October. Each time the suspect would pretend to be buying goods that he put into a shopping cart. But he would walk out the store without paying for the items.

However, the store’s CCTV had clearly recorded the suspect’s face and behavior during the thefts. After receiving the theft report, the police commander ordered the detective police team to follow up to find the shoplifter.

The police were alerted by security when the suspect returned to the department store. So they coordinated with the security guards to closely observe the man’s behavior while he was in the department store.

Officers then saw the suspect grab 2 white T-shirt packages and hide them in his shirt. When the suspect walked out from the department store, the police arrested him.

After his arrest, Mr. Thanongsak confessed that in the past his family had been in a high-income bracket. But due to an economic crisis, his current revenue could no longer pay for their luxury lifestyle. But he liked the affluent life of convenience, so he had to find luxury furniture to decorate his house.

Then Mr. Thanongsak thought of the trick to steal goods in the Tesco Lotus department store. So he pretended to be a shopper, and put the items he wanted into his shopping cart. Then he waited until the security guard was not standing at the exit door, and quickly pushed his cart and walked out of the store.

Mr. Thanongsak told police that if he had been successful in stealing the 2 T-shirts, he had intended to come back and steal a size 8Q refrigerator that he wanted for his house. But he was arrested.

Reporter : Nattaphummint   Photo : Nattaphummint   Category : Crime News

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