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A thief picked the wrong car to break into earlier this month – it belonged to the deputy police chief of Chiang Rai.
Kriangkrai Ariyaying was visiting Bangkok and had stopped off to eat in the Sukhatiban area of Bang Khen on October 1st, reports Daily News.
While he was gone two men on a motorcycle broke into his Toyota Fortuner and couldn’t believe their luck – they made off with 150,000 baht in cash, a Rolex watch and 30 rare Buddhist amulets.
But that luck didn’t last long.
Police were soon on the case and after CCTV was studied a Facebook appeal was made on a metropolitan police page. This led them to get a warrant from a Minburi court and directed them to Nakorn Nayok.
Yesterday they apprehended Chaiwat Prangmart, 24, a Bangkok native who goes by the nickname of Nong Ramkhamhaeng.
He confessed that he was the driver of the bike caught on the CCTV. He further told cops that he was one of five gang members involved in stealing from cars where the owners had parked to go and eat.
He admitted to five such thefts in the Bang Khen, Hua Mark, Sai Mai and Kannayao areas of the city.
He said that on the day in question he was working with his mate called “Kop” who used a screwdriver to break into the black Fortuner.
He said the gang used the proceeds of their crimes to have a good time and buy drugs.