Pattaya Police on the hunt for thief who stole 30,000 baht from Darul Ibadah Mosque

A CCTV grab shows a head-shaven man walking away with a donation box from the Darul Ibadah Mosque. Picture courtesy of Pattaya Mail.

Pattaya Police are hunting a light-fingered Thai thief who robbed Darul Ibadah Mosque on Pattaya Central Road of 30,000 baht.

At 2.25am on Sunday, April 2, the thief stole 30,000 baht from two donation boxes and took a third box with him, in addition to causing 10,000 baht in damage, reported Pattaya Mail.

Mosque executives, Thawat Ratchaneekorn, Na Ayutthaya, and Surin Yimyai, have given security-camera footage of the theft to Pattaya Police and stated they know the man with the shaved head seen in the video.

This incident is one of a series of robberies from religious or holy shrines in Pattaya in recent months and over the past year.

In March, a suspect was arrested for stealing an estimated 50,000 baht from the Wihan Siam temple on North Pattaya Road.

In February, a woman was arrested for stealing cash from the Suan Mokkh temple on Sukhumvit Road. And in January, approximately 50,000 baht was stolen from the Wat Khao Phra Tamnak temple on Jomtien Beach.

Going further back: in April 2020, a temple in Pattaya was robbed of cash and gold ornaments. In May 2020, a temple in Pattaya had its donation box stolen. In August 2020, a temple in Pattaya was robbed of gold ornaments and cash. In September 2020, a temple in Pattaya was robbed of gold ornaments and cash.

In October 2019, robbers stole gold ornaments from a temple in Pattaya. In January 2020, a Buddhist shrine located in a temple in Pattaya was robbed of gold ornaments and cash. In February 2020, a temple in Pattaya was robbed of gold ornaments and cash.

Police will charge the thief under Section 334 of the Thai Criminal Code states that any person who commits theft shall be punished with imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years, or with a fine not exceeding 6,000 baht, or with both. This punishment shall be imposed upon any person who steals or takes away anything belonging to another, or who fraudulently takes any movable property out of the possession of its owner.

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