Australian arrested on burglary charges

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A former Australian security guard has been arrested for allegedly burglarizing hotels and homes around Pattaya.

Peter Junas, 42, was apprehended around 3 a.m. May 27 on Soi Buakaow after refusing to stop for patrol officers near Soi Choun Rak Inn and Third Road. In his carry bag police found a hotel safe with a gold ring, bank book, passports and about 4,000 baht in Swiss francs. They also recovered gloves, a hammer, screwdriver and other tools.

Australian Peter Junas has been arrested for allegedly burglarizing hotels and homes around Pattaya. Australian Peter Junas has been arrested for allegedly burglarizing hotels and homes around Pattaya.

A subsequent search of Junas’ Soi Chaiyaphum apartment uncovered additional stolen property, including credit cards.

Following the arrest, Michael Tanner, 43, reported a burglary at his Green Park Hotel room. He positively identified the items recovered from Junas’ bag.

Police claim Junas confessed to the hotel break-in, saying he used a screwdriver to jimmy the window lock, then stole the safe.

He was charged with both burglary and overstaying his visa.