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A tenacious Thai woman – who is married to a foreigner – managed to get her stolen pick-up back after an all night search in north eastern Thailand.
The thief turned out to be her ex-boyfriend who has just got out of jail on drugs charges.
He was found sound asleep behind the wheel of the vehicle far away from the woman’s home.
Wanida Sarut, 45, from Sawang Daendin, Sakorn Nakorn said she had been out to eat with relatives last night.
She came home about midnight to find her four door Ford Ranger missing from the house.
She checked that her son had not borrowed it and he hadn’t. A mysterious motorcycle was parked nearby and she wondered if this had anything to do with it.
She set about trying to find the thief by driving along Nitayo Road towards Udon Thani. She asked attendants at two gas stations if they had seen the vehicle but this line of inquiry drew a blank.
Finally near Udon Thani she spotted her vehicle. A man was sleeping behind the wheel and she reported the matter to three police stations in the hope that at least one would come.
They did and fearing that the man may be armed they were cautious. It was now 4 am this morning.
They needn’t have been concerned – Kae, 39, had passed out and was very dozy.
Wanida admitted that Kae was her ex who she had split up with before she met her new foreign husband.
She had no idea where he had got the key from or if he had made a copy. She reckoned he might have been on his way to Laos to sell the pick-up – a vehicle on which she had still not paid all the installments.
Police said Kae got out of jail less than two months ago. He had been inside for drugs’ offences.
He looked like he had been on Ya Ba when he was arrested asleep in the vehicle.