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The suspect wanted over the Patong gun theft is taken into custody

Phuket Thief Steals Policeman's Gun, Computer Inside Patong Station

Monday, May 13, 2013
PHUKET: A senior Phuket police officer took a toilet break at Patong Police Station - and returned to his desk to find his gun had been stolen.

Along with the gun went ammunition, a 40,000 baht Apple computer notebook and other items, Colonel Paisan Sangtep said yesterday.

He raised the alarm when he returned to his desk about 2am. The word spread quickly.

A motorcycle taxi rider told officers he'd picked up a young man carrying a gun outside the Patong station.

All-night tuk-tuk drivers chatted about the theft and the man was arrested outside the Banthai Resort on Patong's beach road.

Banpot Sritna, 24, a housepainter from Trang, told police he was high on 10 ya bah tablets and had stolen the items to sell to support his drug habit.

He had just wandered into the police station off the street and made the most of the opportunity when the colonel went to the toilet.


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Why you put the gun on the desk and leave the room ??

Posted by Wonder on May 13, 2013 11:41

Editor Comment:

To go to the toilet, where you don't need the gun . . . . unless you're a South African model with a legless athlete for a boyfriend.


Nice comment Ed. But why would a police officer need a gun at his desk? Perhaps he thought someone might steal his notebook? Or even his desk?

Posted by chill on May 13, 2013 14:18


If the police cannot protect themselves, what hope for the rest of us!?

Posted by Logic on May 13, 2013 22:56


"Ya bah" Seems, that, the "Crazy medicin etc," gives you Irrational ideas! Bad advise and judgement!

Posted by Alfred on May 13, 2013 23:25

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