Pathetic Pattaya thief claims he financially struggles due to partying

Pathetic Pattaya thief used steel-cutting pliers, a crowbar, and safety glasses. Photo by The Pattaya News.

A pathetic Pattaya thief claimed he financially struggled due to spending his money on partying.

Police caught the man, 31 year old Wasan Kerdmongkol from Chaiyaphum province, trying to steal money from an ATM at a gas station in Pattaya. The cops had been alerted by a Good Samaritan.

Wasan used steel-cutting pliers, a crowbar, and safety glasses, in an attempt to pry open the machine.

But Wasan did not try to get the police to sympathise with him. Instead, he bluntly told the cops that he had blown all his cash on partying in Pattaya, and had no money left to pay his rent. Wasan added that he had arrived in Pattaya a week ago, The Pattaya News reported.

The ATM sustained minor damage. Pattaya Police arrested Wasan, who is currently in custody pending legal measures.

Wasan is not the first Thai thief with such a clever excuse for his actions.

In October last year, a snarky Phuket man claimed that he only stole his ex-girlfriend’s car “as a joke.” The 54 year old man stole the car from his former girlfriend’s house in a housing estate in the Wichit sub-district of the main city district.

In May last year, a Phuket thief allegedly stole more than 30 times in two months and said he needed the money to play online video games. The 28 year old thief allegedly stole cash from a restaurant called 200 Years, located in the Talad Nuea sub-district of Phuket’s main city district. The police then caught him while he was in Talad Yai sub-district.

In March last year, one Phuket tourist claimed he stole snacks from a store on two separate occasions because he needed some “reprieve” from constant stress in his life. A shopkeeper alleged that the man stole 228 baht worth of snacks the first time, and 186 baht worth of snacks the second time.

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.