By The Nation
Pol Captain Rattakarn Thongthai, deputy inspector of Chana Songkram Police Station, said Tom Rodtaptim, 39, was arrested in front of the old head office of the Government Lottery Office at 1.30am on Saturday.
He was arrested at the same spot where he was caught in a video clip demanding money from a mourner who had come to pay respects before the portrait of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Rattakan said police staked out the area in the afternoon, leading to the man’s arrest.
Tom admitted he had been collecting parking fees from mourners at the spot by claiming he had got permission from police to let motorists park there if they paid him Bt50 to Bt100.
He said he had been collecting the parking fees on Rajdamnoen Road for a month and had been earning about Bt1,000 each night.
He said he now felt sorry for what he had done and would not do it again,
Police fined him Bt5,000 for causing disturbance to the public and freed him.
Chana Songkra deputy police chief Phuwadon Oonpho said Tom has been arrested twice earlier on the same charge.
Phuwadon said the Chana Songkram police were still hunting for five or six persons who demanded parking fees on public roads.