British restaurant owner loses 60,000 baht in home burglary

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Burglars got away with more than 60,000 baht after breaking into the Pattaya home of a British restaurant owner.

John Robert Cook, 68, called police after interrupting the July 26 burglary at his single-story home in The Village on Third Road. Police arrived to find the house torn asunder and a safe opened and emptied.

Cook, the owner of the Chaosoi Chinese restaurant on Soi Buakaow, said he arrived from work to find two Thai men in his living room. Neither were masked and he told police he could provide descriptions.

John Robert Cook relates to police details of his harrowing experience.John Robert Cook relates to police details of his harrowing experience.

Cook was followed as he fled into the bedroom and said one suspect threatened him with a stun gun before forcing him to open the safe. About 50,000 baht and 8,000 Philippine pesos were taken. The robbers then took another 7,000 baht and a smartphone from him.

Cook, who rents the house, said he now plans to move.