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Phuket serial thief caught trying to sell stolen items

A man from Bangkok was arrested for multiple thefts on Thursday (Oct 22) when he was apprehended whilst trying to sell one of the stolen items. The man told police he stole the items because he needed money to return home.

Provincial Police arrested Surachet Banda, 37, when he was found to be in possession of stolen items including two notebooks and chargers, a BabyG watch, gold chain with amulet and iPad.

Phuket serial TheifPol Maj Rittichai Chumchuy has said that Surachet had committed a number of thefts in the Thalang area recently and was finally arrested in front of a 7-eleven store in Moo Baan Thepburi in Rassada at 9:30pm on Thursday with help from undercover officers.

“Surachet arrived at the store on a Honda Wave to sell a stolen notebook to a someone when officers apprehended him.

“We tracked down one stolen Acer notebook and the iPad to a Aree Ratchakarn in Pa Khlok who had bought the items from him. The rest of the items we found at his rented room in Srisoonthon,” Maj Rittichai said.

“We have been monitoring his activity for a while, and after we were sure he had committed the thefts and was selling the items on we arrested him,” he added.

One of the victims, Pras Kongrat, who had filed a complaint with police because his iPad had been stolen on October 16 came to the station and confirmed that the iPad Surachet had in his possession was his.

Two other victims have also gone to police and confirmed that the items Surachet had were theirs.

Surachet told police that prior to his arrest he committed 4 thefts in Thalang. He had broken into the victim’s houses and stolen valuable items. Most of the items had already been sold to local residents.

Surachet added that he and his girlfriend needed the money so they could go back home.

Surachet was taken to Thalang Police Station where he was charged with theft using a getaway vehicle.

Phuket News

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