Man arrested in fake army uniform did it to get attention from girls
Police arrested a man for theft on Monday and discovered that he had a penchant for dressing up in fake Royal Thai Army (RTA) uniforms. He stated that he wore the soldier costume to draw female attention and had no intention of committing any crimes using the uniform.
Officers from the Non Sung Police Station in the Isaan province of Nakhon Ratchasima arrested the man, named Kanokpon Rattanawichai, for theft on Monday, February 6.
According to the police report, Kanokpon used to work in Chon Buri but fled after stealing from his employer.
Kanokpon was taken into custody while wearing an olive-green army shirt with an RTA screen print on the back. He was not a member of the armed forces, however. The 26 year old confessed to simply having a fondness for army uniforms.
Officers continued searching his house and found two more army uniforms. They also discovered a fake soldier identification card, a portrait of him in full uniform, and a name tag with the false rank of “Major General Siriwat Thirajarusiri.”
Kanokpon confessed that his admiration for the uniform stemmed from a lifelong aspiration of becoming a soldier, but he never had the chance to join the military. He thought his looks and personality were suitable for the role, so he bought the uniform online and started fulfilling his fantasy.
He believed that women found men in uniforms attractive, which is why he dressed up for their attention.
Channel 7 also showed the pictures from Kanokpon’s social media account. He posted a picture of himself in the uniform with a flirty caption that said…
“This man with a dusty uniform can always give you a warm hug.”
Kanokpon insisted that he dressed up just for his pleasure and for the attention of girls. He did not dress to deceive anyone for assets or money.
However, the superintendent of Non Sung Police Station, Sanchai Phisaiphan, was skeptical of Kanokpon’s claims. He told the media that they would be conducting further investigations to see if any victims had been lured by Kanokpon’s disguise.
Kanokpon was initially charged with Section 334 of the Criminal Law: whoever stole the assets of another person shall be punished with imprisonment of up to three years and a fine of up to 6,000 baht.
More charges related to his use of fake army uniforms are expected to follow once the investigation is complete.
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