A man brought a motorcycle to a motorcycle shop in the main district of Trat but ended up in a police cell instead – the bike had been stolen from the shop owner’s family two weeks ago.
Police were called yesterday to the Leng Thaiyont store, which sells used motorcycles, on 2 Therd Charas Road in the main district.
When police, led by crime-fighting Lieutenant Colonel Prayoon Khamphakul, arrived there, they found shop owner Chotipong Chaikitsiripan talking to a man who was trying to sell him a bicycle.
Chotipong had talked to the seller of the bike and suggested the bike could be worth 10,000 baht while his wife called the police.
The store owner’s sister-in-law had reported the theft of the same motorcycle on April 8. The police immediately arrested the seller.
The man was identified as 28-year-old Phanupong Paengcharoen, from Trat province.
Chotipong said he recognized the bike immediately. It belonged to sister-in-law Sanneeya Jitwatthanapong, and was also used by other members of the family who worked in the shop.
The suspect hadn’t even bothered to change the license plate.
During the interrogation, Phanupong told police that he had been given the bike by a friend in Laem Ngob district, who had asked him to sell the bike, and that they would split the money “fairly”.
Instead, he was charged with theft and held in custody for legal action.
The police investigation continues.
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