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Elderly couple begs burglar to return life savings

An elderly couple in Kalasin has put up a sign in front of their house, begging a burglar to return Bt500,000 in cash and Bt140,000 worth of gold ornaments.

The couple, who live in Ban Nong Bua village in Tambon Bueng Na Riang in Huay Mek district, said their house was robbed at noon on Wednesday, just a few days after they withdrew the cash to buy a plot of land for their daughter.

Kream Phulaha, 67, said she and her husband, Suriyan Phulaha, 70, have been saving throughout their life from selling sugar cane and banking their elderly allowances. A part of the money also came from their daughter, who has been selling somtam in Bangkok.

Kream said she and her husband went to the funeral of a relative in Khon Kaen on Wednesday and left the cash at home. Her neighbours heard dogs barking at noon on Wednesday and saw a man, who had covered his face with a knitted hood, park his motorcycle about 30 metres from her house and then walk to the house.

Kream said she and her husband returned home at 8pm that day and found that all the cash and gold valuables were gone. She said the thief left a Bt20 banknote behind.

Huay Mek deputy police chief Pol Lt-Colonel Ratthapong Thongchuentrakul said the burglar broke into the house through a window.

Kream said she was planning to use her lifetime saving to buy a plot of land so that her daughter could return home to earn her living as a farmer, and so she could take care of the couple.

The Nation 

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