Australian supermarket burglar arrested in Pattaya
An Australian man was arrested yesterday morning after allegedly breaking into a supermarket in Pattaya.
City police received a call at 3 a.m. that a break-in was underway at Tops Daily supermarket on Naklua Road.
Due to the current Covid19 measures, shops that are normally open 24 hours a day have to close their doors from 23:00 to 04:00.
The police and our frantic reporter arrived at the store to find that the front door had been forcibly broken open.
Anong Sikaew, a 48-year-old security guard at a nearby hotel, told Pattaya Police: “I heard a loud bang like glass shattering from the direction of the store and walked over to the store to examine it while I was the patrol was on the nearby grounds of my hotel. .”
“I saw the thief, who appeared to be a foreigner, and yelled in English to get up, but the thief fled into the store. I immediately called the Pattaya police for help.”
The store manager, who was not named, was also called to the scene by Pattaya police. Police discovered that a small section of the ceiling in the store was also broken, which appeared to be an attempt by the suspect to flee the premises.
Police found the suspect in a storage room that appeared to be trying to hide behind several boxes. He was named by the police as 55-year-old Australian Mr Vladisavljevic Alexander.
He was taken to the police station for questioning and will face further legal action. He was wearing gloves when he was arrested and did not immediately cooperate with the Pattaya police about why he tried to break into a supermarket. He is now in police custody pending his arraignment in court.
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