Boozy painter nabbed for Sattahip home invasion

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An alcoholic painter was arrested for allegedly storming the home of a 74-year-old Sattahip woman and theft of her one-baht necklace.

Suthad Supharit, 44, was apprehended at Sattahip’s Tesco Lotus mall after allegedly pawning jewelry owned by Vimol Sae-ngoe and selling it to buy a cheap mobile phone and booze.

Vimol told police that Suthad had invaded her Soi Rungrat home while she slept Jan. 3 and put a knife to her throat as he demanded valuables. The senior citizen was slightly injured when her hand was cut by his blade. She accused Suthad of then stealing her expensive necklace and 60 baht cash.

Suthad Supharit points to the knife he used to rob a 74-year-old woman of 60 baht and a gold necklace. Suthad Supharit points to the knife he used to rob a 74-year-old woman of 60 baht and a gold necklace.

Vimol gave police a description of the thief and police put out word to local gold shops. Staff at the Suphatra outlet in Tesco Lotus told police they’d bought a necklace from a similarly dressed suspect for 20,000 baht.

Officers said Suthad confessed to the crime, saying he did it because he needed money to buy more alcohol as he’d been an alcoholic for the past five years.