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Man arrested for stealing food

PHUKET: A 37-year-old man has been arrested for stealing food and other essential household items from the baskets on motorbikes parked in front of convenience stores as he had no money to buy anything.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Tuesday 3 August 2021, 12:18PM

The man, named by police only as “Mr Woraphat”, was arrested at a house in Saphan Hin, on the outskirts of Phuket Town, yesterday (Aug 2), confirmed Maj Chatchai Chunoo of the Wichit Police.

The arrest came after a victim filed a complaint to police on July 27 about items being stolen, Maj Chatchai said.

Police checked CCTV footage available and saw the thief using a white Honda MSX without license plate to flee the scene. Officers tracked the motorbike to a house in Soi 5 Saphan Hin, in Moo 1, Wichit, where they arrested Mr Woraphat, Maj Chatchai explained.

Mr Woraphat confessed that he had conducted similar thefts some four times previously, saying he did not have any money for living and to support his family.

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“If I stole fresh items like meats or vegetables for cooking, I would cook them for my family,” he said.

“I normally collect abandoned and discarded items and sell them to make a living,” he added.

Mr Woraphat was taken to Wichit Police Station and charged with committing theft by using a vehicle to flee, Maj Chatchai confirmed.

Maj Chatchai noted that Mr Woraphat had been previously arrested for involvement with drugs in 2019 and was released last year.

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Kurt | 06 August 2021 - 09:33:05

In UK and EU all there residing Thai (guests?) who wanted, already vaccinated with quality vaccines. ( no charge). Thailand should shuffle aside insular thinking and treat foreigners in Thailand same way back and forth in vaccination process. No problem if we have to pay, we understand the costly Thai defense spending. Can spend the Baht only 1 time, right?

Kurt | 06 August 2021 - 08:27:34

Pascale, yr writing is insinuating, smearing, pretending to know what you don't know, and thus 'fake'/nonsense. Many foreigners donate in silence, despite they know that in Thailand it is always: Thai for Thai first. Some here  like to label foreign Residents as 'guest'. If that is the thinking, why expect donations from 'guests' as there are many filthy rich Thai in Th...

Pascale | 05 August 2021 - 10:30:09

@Kurt  Ok Kurt,we all know you don't like to open your wallet for a donation ! It has to be always others first. Save your 1000.- in case you get infected. That will help you indeed to cover your costs.

Kurt | 05 August 2021 - 07:32:11

Kamala Pete, why not start asking the rich Thai and the RTP officers on Phuket first for a contribution? Many business foreigners still pay numbers of staff  they this moment not need, just to keep their business visa. Not all Retirees yet vaccinated, they have to save money for 
 expensive treatment costs if they get Covid infected. 

Christy Sweet | 04 August 2021 - 12:32:17

No need as I've gotten $3,200 from US govt the last year.  ha ha ha 

Kamala Pete | 04 August 2021 - 11:13:01

Very sad situation - and likely to continue for a long time. If every expat on the island were to donate 1000 per week (money saved with the pubs closed) perhaps someone like the IVA could administer an emergency food fund - Steve?

GerryT81 | 04 August 2021 - 09:10:28

@Christy  Good idea with the 2000.- ! And they should double that for every expat who lives here without money and almost without food ! Don't you think so ? 555

Kurt | 04 August 2021 - 04:15:55

It's time Governors & relevant Officials study/look into the lives of people like mr Woraphat, people who now have no money to buy 'life-line' things. Covid-19 will be with us long time. People need sufficient help.

Little Tommy Tucker | 03 August 2021 - 21:51:09

Mr Fascinated, how do you know he paid for the fuel. Quite simply there are many in Thailand who have absolutely no income, so perhaps have no option but to steal, or beg. In the UK prisoners are fed. It is obvious from your comments that you think they should starve. Have a nice day.

Fascinated | 03 August 2021 - 19:17:04

He seemed to have money for fuel!

Christy Sweet | 03 August 2021 - 16:10:26

That's a very sad situation and not one any Thai citizen should ever suffer as filthy rich as this nation's leaders are. I've been without money and almost without food  so Mr Worophat has my sympathies- I'm just glad it wasn't my items he stole, those people  are probably not able to cover the losses. Every person should be getting 2000 a week at least  to survive during this ...


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