Watched by Preechawut “Prap” Keesin, one of those accused in the mafia taxi investigation, his lawyer Nitat Prasertnatikol and office manager Tim Unmeanginn, officers led by Pol Col Saman Chainarong of Region 8 opened the two safes.
The first was so old that no one knew where the key was, so police brought in workers with crowbars and hammers who broke it open. Inside they found old accounting records from 1999 to 2010, a chanote land document, old checkbook stubs, and some loan agreements.
The second safe contained only old documents that appeared to have been damaged in the 2004 Asian Tsunami.
The same was the case at Phuket Town Police Station where a third safe was opened this morning, also with crowbars for lack of a key. Once again the documents found inside were of no use to the investigation, Col Saman told The Phuket News.
Investigators have so far had no luck with safes. On July 17 they watched as Wanchai Saetan, boss of the Karon Municipality’s Engineering and Planning Office, spun the combination lock and opened the safe in his office. There was nothing inside it.
Wanchai is one of four men, including the Mayor of Karon, arrested in July, also on “mafia” taxi charges.