A single woman in Nakhon Phanom has been arrested in connection with eight domestic burglaries. During questioning, she confessed to police that she was desperate for money after losing her job in Bangkok due to the pandemic.
Jinthana Khiewkha, 26, from Sri Songkhram district, was arrested at a house in Nakhon Phanom’s main district, where nearly 100 stolen items were seized. The loot consisted of cash, Buddha amulets, cameras, mobile phones, gold chains and other valuables.
The arrest followed reports of residents whose homes in Tambon Nong Saeng in Muang district had been broken into between August 5 and 12. A total of eight homes were visited by Khiewkha, police chief Colonel Natthawit Ratchakaew said.
The police were able to trace her because one of the stolen telephones was still switched on so that the whereabouts of the thief was quickly known to the police.
During the interrogation, Ms Jinthana confessed to the thefts, police said. She told police she had worked in Bangkok before losing her job due to the Covid outbreak. She and her husband later divorced and returned to her home province of Nakhon Phanom on July 19 with three children.
She said she had rented a house and was looking for work, but no one was hiring because of the appalling economic conditions.
During her daily motorcycle rides, while looking for work to find money to feed her children, she noticed that several houses in the area were empty. She used a knife to force the windows of the houses to steal money and valuables, police said.
She kept all the stolen items in her house and gradually sold some of them to finance her family’s daily expenses. She told police she committed the burglaries because she simply had no other choice.
Police contacted the victims to check their belongings. The suspect is suspected of burglary and theft and is detained at the police station.
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