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Police sting nets thieves, pickup stolen in Samut Prakan retrieved 800km away

Apr 19. 2018
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By Jessada Jantarak
The Nation

Police have successfully located a pickup truck about 800 kilometres away from Samut Prakan province, where it was stolen.

The vehicle was found in the possession of Sompong Champa and Jakrapob Leenatham in Nakhon Si Thammarat province, who were planning to sell the vehicle. 

An undercover police operation led to the arrest of both men. 

Jakrapob told police that he bought the pickup from a man whose identity is being withheld for now to ensure the ongoing police investigation would not be affected. 

“I bought it at Bt90,000 and I planned to sell it at Bt125,000,” Jakrapob said. 

Deputy Metropolitan Police Commissioner Pol Maj-General Panurat Lakboon said on Thursday that Jakrapob had operated vehicle-mortgage services in Thailand’s South. 

“He is a major operator in Nakhon Si Thammarat and Surat Thani,” said Panurat. 

Pickup owner Suwat Janso lodged a complaint with police that his Isuzu truck was stolen on April 6 from Samut Prakan’s Bang Phli district. 

Security cameras captured the theft, and recordings were uploaded on social media. 

The Bang Phli Police Station contacted the Metropolitan Police Bureau’s car-theft suppression division to ask for help. 

The division soon found a photo of the stolen vehicle in a sales advertisement. 

Police then arranged an undercover operation, with agents acting as buyers to approach the suspects. 

During the past two months, the Metropolitan Police Bureau’s car-theft suppression division has successfully retrieved several stolen vehicles including a Mercedes-Benz and a BMW. 

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