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Thai media has reported that a Colombian gang that targeted the home of deputy prime minister Prawit Wongsuwan moved on to another property after finding someone home.
Their haul at this upmarket house included two Rolex watches.
One of the gang was arrested in Ban Phai, Khon Kaen at the weekend after he took a tour bus from Bangkok with his girlfriend.
Police are hunting three others still believed to be in Thailand. A fifth gang member has fled abroad.
Daily News said reports that DPM Prawit’s Bangkok mansion was burgled are erroneous.
They said the gang rented cars all over Thailand to avoid arrest. They then cased fancy houses where security was lax.
They would ring on the doorbell and if no one was home they would steal from there.
Someone was apparently home at the DPM’s house in Klong Samwa district on June 5th so they moved onto the home of bathroom accessories importer Napasanan Wimonpatranon, 61, who had just popped out.
Proceeds from the burglary were fenced in Bangkok and taken abroad.
The gang had been operating in Bangkok, Samut Prakarn, Chonburi, Rayong, Hua Hin, Prajuab Khiri Khan and Phuket.
There were originally five gang members.
The name of the arrested man was not the same as previously reported. He is either known as Jose Alexander or Rodriguez Walander (name transliterated from Thai). He originally fled to Pattaya after the latest theft before going to Bangkok where he got on the bus to the north east.
He comes from the US it is believed. He was a burglar there before moving on to Malaysia where he was arrested before moving on to Thailand.
The gang are believed to have stolen from a judge’s house in Don Muang.
Warrants are being sought for three more Colombian men aged 41, 32, and 31.
Daily News said that metropolitan police chief Pol Lt Gen Charnthep Sesawet had ordered his men to get a move on in the case.
Thaivisa notes that DPM Prawit has been embroiled in a luxury watches scandal this year claiming the expensive items were loaned to him by a friend.