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26 November 2012 :: 14:11:56 pm 68929

Stealth Burglar Foils Security in Sriracha Store

A thief apparently hid in the corner of a Tesco Lotus department store in Borwin while it was closing. He later broke into a shop and stole 20 cellphones. He then used a hammer to shatter a mirrored wall and escape. The four security guards on duty were unaware of the theft.
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SRIRACHA – November 25, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]; at 10 a.m., a report of a thief stealing goods from a department store and escaping by shattering a mirrored wall was received by Pol. Lt. Col. Theeraphol Kijjayakanon, Inspector on duty, Borwin police station, Amphur Sriracha, Chonburi province.

The police were notified by the security guard of Tesco Lotus department store, Borwin branch, Tambon Borwin, Amphur Sriracha, Chonburi province.

At the scene, police found the mirror in front of the department store had been hit by a hard object, which created a big hole for a human to escape. Police recovered a hammer and screwdriver, which had fallen to the floor near the shattered mirror, nearby a photo shop on the first floor.

Police questioned the photo shop owner, Mr. Pinyo Kulsiri, age 30, who reported nothing missing. He told police that the department store closes every night at 9.00 p.m. Prior to closing, the security guard watches to see that all the customers leave the department store.

Last night Mr. Pinyo had closed his shop at 9.30 p.m. and left through the employees door. Meanwhile, all the other employees of the department store left the premises by 10 p.m., leaving only the security guard.

The police asked to see the CCTV of the department store premises. The CCTV footage had recorded images of the male thief, who wore a black shirt and black jean pants. He was also wearing white gloves and carried a canvas bag.

The theft had occurred at 3 a.m., according to the CCTV footage. It showed the thief prowling around on the second floor of the department store where a mobile phone shop was located.

After stealing the mobile phones, the thief then walked downstairs by the photo shop, where he used the hammer to hit the mirrored wall and escape. Police kept the CCTV footage for evidence.

The police questioned the owner of the mobile phone shop, Ms. Janya Kosinthorn. She discovered that the thief had broken into her shop closet and stolen more than 20 expensive mobile phones worth more than 200,000 THB.

The stolen phones included the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 models, and the Samsung Galaxy and Tab models. The thief had removed the phones from their boxes, which he left behind.

The police questioned Ms. Janya’s shop employee, Ms. Kanyapat Lakhamsarn, age 32, who had been working that night. Ms. Kanyapat police that she closed the shop at 9.00 p.m. She had checked all the mobile phones and locked the closet, and used the cloth to cover the closet.

Then the security guard let all of the vendors leave the department store, leaving only the security guard. When Ms. Kanyapat arrived the next morning to open the shop, she discovered the burglary.

Ms. Kanyapat said the department store management is responsible for the burglary, with apparently inadequate security measures. She filed a complaint with the police, to assist to follow up to arrest the thief as soon as possible to prosecute according to the law.

Police then questioned Mr. Theerayuth Thuamwong, the head of security at the department store. He told police that he had already talked to the security guard on duty last night.

The guard told him that he had let all the customers exit the department store before 9 p.m. Only the store staffs and vendors were left. Then he let all staff members and vendors exit the department store at 10 p.m. The security guard then closed the department store and checked around the premises. He said no one was left in the department store.

So when the burglary was discovered the next morning, Mr. Theerayuth was very surprised at how this thief could have entered the department store and stolen more than 20 mobile phones.

There were three security guards patrolling around the department store overnight, and another security guard stationed outside the department store, he said. So Mr. Theerayuth will have a meeting with the four security guards on duty last night to question them, and to help find this thief to be prosecuted according to the law.

Pol. Lt. Col. Theeraphol assumed that the thief might have hidden in any corner of the department store last night before it closed. The thief then waited for the opportunity when the security guards were careless to make trouble. After stealing the phones, the thief used the hammer to hit the mirrored wall, and created a big hole to escape from the department store.

The detective police team will follow up with information from the thief’s appearance from the CCTV footage, and track down the thief to be arrested and punished.

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

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