A man impersonating a doctor from the health department has been arrested in north-eastern Thailand for robbing his patients. 49 year old Isaan man Wanlachon Singthong targeted seniors in the Kamalasai District, of Kalasin Province. He told his victims he was a doctor providing free sanitation services to protect them from the Covid-19 outbreak.
When the seniors welcomed him into their house, he robbed them and slipped away.
Wanlachon confessed to officers that he drove his motorbike, with no license plate, to one home last Tuesday where the 75 year old woman was home alone. She told police that while she went back inside to put on a face mask, Wanlachon stole 800 baht in cash and road away.
Wanlachon then went to 77 year old Ms Samai’s home where, after some medical advice, he suggested she shower. While Ms Samai was busy showering he searched the home but finding no valuables, he fled and went on to his next victim, 71 year old Ms Thorn. Just like Ms Samai, he recommended a shower to prepare for an examination. This time he stole 20,000 baht in cash, a gold necklace, and her mobile phone.
Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, Mr Wanlachon worked as a recycler of wood from old homes. He told investigators Covid-19 took away his livelihood and desperate, he decided to become a thief. Police stated that he even offered free Covid-19 tests to the victims.
Mr Wanlachon was charged with petty theft, impersonating a health official and faces additional charges under the State of Emergency Decree.
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