Glue sniffer arrested for stealing police motorcycle

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Police yesterday arrested a glue sniffer who lost control and stole a police motorcycle parked in front of a shopping mall in the Isaan province of Udon Thani. The arrest was made with the help of a food delivery rider.

An officer from Mueang Udon Thani Police Station was alerted to an incident inside the Central Udon Thani shopping mall. The officer parked his motorcycle outside the mall, and left the key in the ignition, as he went to investigate the problem but when he went back his bike had gone.

The stolen motorcycle is a Honda CBR 300 R with the Royal Thai Police logo screened on its body. The vehicle has a GPS system allowing officers to track it down. A 26 year old man, called Bandit, stole it. Police chased after Bandit but lost track of him. Luckily, the officer got some support from a 35 year old delivery rider called Yanwit Chuatcharoen.

Yanwit told Channel 7 that he heard the police and locals yelling in front of the shopping mall that a thief stole a police vehicle. However, he could not help the police as he had to deliver food to his customer.

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Yanwit said that he met with the suspect, Bandit, on the road after he finished his delivery and decided to follow him until he stopped at a garage. Yanwit then contacted the police and let them know the culprit’s location.

A member of the garage staff, 49 year old Somnuek Pongsirat, reported to the media that Bandit asked to borrow a screwdriver saying that he wanted to take the registration plate off. He was not aware that Bandit was a thief so, he helped him remove the plate. Luckily, the police arrived at the garage just in time and arrested Bandit.

The police officer, Tirayothin Subsin, revealed that Bandit was high on glue and unable to respond to police questions. Tirayothin added that Bandit has previous form. He has been arrested twice before on theft and drug case charges.

In this case, Bandit was charged with stealing the assets of another person. He will be punished with imprisonment of up to three years and a fine of up to 60,000 baht according to Section 334 of the Criminal Law.

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Man steals police motorcycle
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