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Police raided a printing house in Rong Muang area, Bangkok Metropolis, on Thursday and seized altogether 8,400 counterfeit car license plates.
Led by Pol Lt-Gen Srivara Rangseepromnakul, the metropolitan police commissioner, the raiding team searched the Chor Kityont store which is a five-storey shophouse in Rong Muang area.
Four workers were at work at the time of the police raid which uncovered five printing machines, several molds of police and military insignias.
Pol Col Atthaporn Suriyalert, superintendent of news analysis and special equipments of metropolitan police bureau, explained that only the Land Transport Department had the right to issue car license plates. He said that the raid stemmed from the store’s advertising of its products in the social media.
Pol Lt-Gen Srivara said counterfeiting of car license plates could pose a security threat because the plates could be used for criminal activities.
The store-owner, Mr Thitikul Lertwattanarak, 39, claimed that the store had been in the business of printing car license plates for 20 years without any problem from the police. He said he was totally unaware that such activities were a crime.