Police arrest burglary suspect, pawn shop broker

Friday, 14 September 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 37 By  Boonlua Chatree

Police arrested the alleged burglar who stole gold and an iPad from a French-Thai couple, as well as the pawn shop owner who bought the stolen goods.

Supharit Topha, 21, was apprehended Sept. 6 after leaving the Ban Khom Khong Kao pawn shop where he allegedly fenced a new iPad and two gold rings stolen from the Pratamnak Soi 5 home of 56-year-old Frenchman and his Thai wife. Supharit also allegedly stole three candlesticks.

Supharit Topha has been remanded to custody for theft. Supharit Topha has been remanded to custody for theft.

Police said the suspect confessed, saying he recently was released from prison, where he served time for stealing a motorbike, and had no money.

Pattaya Police Superintendent Col. Thummanoon Mankhong said the pawn shop owner was arrested after investigators discovered the shop was buying items without asking for identification from the sellers. The police chief pledged a crackdown on pawn shops in the city.

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