Alleged gang of Colombian burglars busted
Metropolitan police have arrested a Colombian man who allegedly joined a gang of five burglars that has broken into at least seven Bangkok houses, including one of an immigration officer.
The arrest of Miguel Antonio Caro Garcia, 51, was announced at the Metropolitan Police head office by Pol Maj Gen Chanthawit Ramasutra, deputy commissioner of the police bureau.
Chanthawit said the Metropolitan Police has coordinated with the Immigration Bureau to hunt for four Columbian accomplices of Garcia.
He said Garcia was arrested while driving a white Mitsubishi Pajero on Chalong Krung Road in Bangkok’s Lat Krabang district. The SUV was allegedly used by the gang in the burglaries.
Also displayed at the press conference were a Seiko watch, a Smith and Wesson Model 686 .357 revolver, a Smith and Wesson .22 pistol and a Smith and Wesson 9mm pistol.
Chanthawit said his subordinates planned the arrest after empty safe boxes that have been pried open were found left in remote spot in the Suwanville housing estate on Soi Khumklao 60 in Lat Krabang.
Investors anticipated that the thieves are foreigners because they left amulets and pistols found in safe boxes. Police believe the thieves did not know the values of amulets and guns in Thai markets.
Police checked feeds from security cameras near the houses that have been broken into and learned the identities of five suspects.
Chanthawit sad Garcia has a Thai wife but she was not arrested as she knew nothing about the crimes.
He said the gang member rented a house to hide the stolen safe boxes. They drove to housing estates and broke into houses whoses owners were away. They checked it by ringing the door bell of the houses.
The victims included Pol Lt Somchai Maneerat, an immigration officer. His house on Soi Ramkhamhaeng 178 in Min Buri district was broken into on December 6 and the gang made off with a safe box with nearly Bt1 million worth of valuables.