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28 August 2007 :: 14:08:50 pm 43303

SOUTH AFRICAN CAUGHT SHOPLIFTING; SAYS HE NEEDED MONEY TO CARE FOR HIS WIFE

Pattaya Tourist police arrested a South African man for stealing two cameras, worth 30,000 baht, from a store in Central Festival Center in North Pattaya. He said that he needed the money to pay for his wife‘s medication.
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On 27 August 2007 at 2 PM, Police Lieutenant Colonel Suwan Un-Anan, of the Pattaya Tourist Police, arrested Mr. Wayne Michael Niwemack (42), from South Africa, for shoplifting.
Mr. Niwemack was accused by Mrs. Suwadee Sri-Amdee (30), a manager of the Konica Shop, of stealing two digital cameras, an Olympus model U770SW and a Panasonic Lumix FX 50. The two cameras were valued at 30,000 baht.

Mrs. Suwadee said that Mr. Niwemack pretended to be examining the two cameras and requested that she open the cabinets so he could see another model. At that point, he grabbed the two cameras and ran. Mrs. Suwadee shouted for help and, luckily for her, a tourist volunteer caught and detained Mr. Niwemack.

Mr. Niwemack said that he has been in Thailand for two months and has been staying at the Little Court on Soi Bua Khao, with his Thai wife. He said that his wife has been very ill and that, in desperation, he stole the cameras so he could pay her medical bills. Police arrested him for shoplifting and he will be prosecuted according to the law.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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