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Patong thieves blame unemployment for turn to crime

Patong thieves blame unemployment for turn to crime

PHUKET: Two men arrested in Patong for stealing a coffee machine and two television sets from a restaurant have blamed unemployment for their turn to crime, saying that without work they had turned to stealing items in order to have enough money to pay for basic living expenses.

patongpolicecrimeCOVID-19economics
By Eakkapop Thongtub

Thursday 3 June 2021, 09:33AM


The two men ‒ Samran Luiprasert, 42, from Samut Sakhon, and Amphon Boonchuaynamphon, 34, from Chachoengsao ‒ were arrested by Patong Police early yesterday morning (June 2).

In their report of the arrests, police explained that the men were tracked down after the owner of the ‘Safe Number One’ restaurant on Phra Baramee Rd in Patong had filed a formal complaint that thieves had entered his businesses property and stolen several items.

Through CCTV, officers were able to see the thieves making their getaway on a black Honda PCX motorbike.

Police were also able to identify Amphon riding as passenger by the tattoos on his neck, arms and legs.

The officers tracked down Amphon to a third-floor room at a building without a designated address off Phra Mettha Rd.

During questioning, Amphon confessed to stealing the items ‒ a Jura coffee machine and two 43-inch Toshiba LED televisions ‒ from the restaurant, reported police.

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He also named Samran as his accomplice.

Officers then moved to arrest Samran at an unregistered address in a street behind the Government Savings Bank branch on Phra Baramee Rd, in Patong, the report noted.

During further questioning at Patong Police Station, the two men both admitted to the theft, police noted.

The men said they sold the items and split the money between them to pay for daily expenses as both had been left out of work due to the COVID-19 crisis, police added.

Regardless, both men were charged for committing the theft, the report noted.

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JohnC | 04 June 2021 - 09:00:49

@christysweet. Equal rights?? In Septic Tank land LOL. Tell that to all the persecuted blacks, Asians and Latino immigrants at borders that have been "mishandled" by the most racist police force and immigration officers in the world. In fact still the most racist country in the world with the largest population of white supremacists anywhere. America, what a joke of a country!

Christy Sweet | 03 June 2021 - 22:22:27

Actually Ematt, USA  guarantees equal rights to all humans on its soil (just not equal pay for women) Even an illegal alien accused of a crime gets a lawyer and can sue for poor treatment by any govt entity.  

ematt | 03 June 2021 - 15:17:23

@XiV Silly boy, maybe you should read up on apartheid. Meanwhile, what makes you think that, as non-citizen, you should have the same rights as citizens. No country in the world provides that. And this tendency toward bitterness and resentment -- have you had it all your life?

Xi_Virus | 03 June 2021 - 13:36:46

Kurt haven't you got it yet? You are living in an apartheid system where foreigners have no equal rights.

Kurt | 03 June 2021 - 10:43:25

Why are these desperate guys still staying on Phuket and not returned to their families in hometown in their provinces? Are they living unregistered on unregistered Phuket address? Very different from a foreign Retiree who must have 800,000 THb deposit in the bank and do 90 days reports.

 

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