A Pattaya civil servant was arrested for allegedly looting several short-stay hotels and illegal weapons possession.
Pornsak Piyakamolrat, 44, an employee of the city Civil Works department, was taken into custody at his Soi Banlue Kankha house in Nong Plalai. At the scene, investigators recovered a water heater, emergency light, lamp, water tap, CD player, clothes hangers, ashtray, foot scraper, blanket, pillow, and bed sheets reported stolen from a trio of area love hotels.
Police also discovered a loaded M-16 automatic assault rifle and paraphernalia for using and selling marijuana and methamphetamines. No drugs were found, however.
Some of Pornsak’s victims provide police with a positive ID.
Police said Pornsak confessed to stealing from the guesthouses. He said the goods were not for sale and that, in fact, he was sick of storing them in his house.
Pornsak was caught based on a description of his car and license plate number from the owner of the one of the victimized hotels. Police tracked down the vehicle and discovered he worked for Pattaya City Hall.
His boss, Wirat Jeerasripaithoon, described Pornsak as a good and hard worker who’d been having problems with co-workers and had recently missed several days of work.
Pornsak was charged with receiving stolen property and illegal weapons possession, but police said they did not have enough evidence to charge him with any drug-related crimes.