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Tourist arrested for stealing Bt1,400 from Chiang Mai temple

Mar 31. 2018
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By The Nation

An American tourist has been arrested for stealing Bt1,420 from a donation box at a temple in Chiang Mai.

A man named by police as Michael William Dewey, 48, was arrested late on Friday night in front of a guesthouse in Tambon Chang.

His arrest followed a complaint by the abbot of Wat Nong Mor Khamtuan in Tambon Sriphum that a western man broke a donation box and stole money on Friday morning.

The abbot, Phra Khru Praphat Sudkij, said the man was seen stealing on footage from a security camera. The abbot alleged that the man rode his bicycle to the temple to steal from it twice.

Police said the tourist initially denied the charge but when he was confronted with the footage, he admitted it.

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