Feline fury: Cat owner claws for justice after high-value heist

Image courtesy of Khaosod

A cat owner’s fury led to a heated confrontation at a police station following a burglary that resulted in the escape of several high-value cats. The incident, which took place yesterday, saw the arrest of a 44 year old man, Narin (surname withheld), in Nontha Buri for stealing property and inadvertently releasing the cats.

The police operation, which unfolded at an unnumbered rental room in Bang Krasor, Muang Nonthaburi, apprehended Narin, leading to the recovery of several stolen items, including a red Yamaha Click motorcycle with the license plate ลขษ893 Bangkok, a green bag, long pants, and black sneakers.

Narin was charged with theft, which occurred at night.

The case developed from a report filed on April 20 by a 65 year old man named Adul (surname withheld), who claimed that his Honda Click motorcycle, valued at 30,000 baht, was stolen.

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The event transpired in front of a convenience store opposite a high school in Tha Sai, Muang Nonthaburi, on April 19 at 7.10pm.

Surveillance footage from the convenience store later identified a suspect matching the description given by victims of other thefts, including a stolen cellphone in Soi Ngamwongwan 23.

During the investigation, police discovered that the suspect had committed a spree of thefts on the same day, involving four separate incidents.

The situation escalated when Ploy, a 25 year old victim whose house was broken into and her phone stolen, confronted the suspect.

During the theft, Ploy was away in the Mae Klong area, confirming that she had left her residence partially unlocked as she was expecting the arrival of her boyfriend.

Ploy was furious as her phone, which she used to monitor her Persian Chinchilla cats valued at tens of thousands of baht each, was taken.

She openly rebuked the thief, accusing him of drug use and carelessness, which could have led to the cats being killed if hit by a car. She expressed relief that her neighbours had managed to find and secure the cats.

Ploy’s outburst was so intense that Narin, the apprehended suspect, was seen rubbing his ears in discomfort. Following the interrogation, the police detained Narin, preparing to prosecute him according to the law.

The incident highlights the emotional and financial distress caused by property crimes, especially when they involve cherished pets, as reported by Khaosod.

It also underscores the effectiveness of integrated police work, utilising surveillance technology and victim reports to apprehend suspects.

As the legal proceedings continue to unfold, this case serves as an outstanding example of the importance of community vigilance, while underscoring the consequences of burglary.

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Nattapong Westwood

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