Citizens’ group urges DSI to investigate electricity thieves

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A citizens’ watchdog group has asked Thailand’s top law-enforcement agency to investigate nearly two dozen cases of Pattaya businesses stealing electricity.

Khomsan Wetchpan, president of the Pattaya Volunteer Civic Club, filed a petition with Department of Special Investigations Eastern Region director, Prawit Chaibuadaeng July 12. Khomsan, 25, said the group has documented 19 cases in which businesses have illegally tied in their own direct connection to the power grid.

Khomsan Wetchpan, head of the Pattaya Volunteer Civic Club, files a complaint with Prawit Chaibuadaeng, Department of Special Investigations Eastern Region director. Khomsan Wetchpan, head of the Pattaya Volunteer Civic Club, files a complaint with Prawit Chaibuadaeng, Department of Special Investigations Eastern Region director.

The watchdog group’s investigation began after a complaint from a telephone line contractor, who pointed out that businesses were stealing power from the Provincial Electrical Authority. A further investigation discovered some of the offenders were large hotels and even an area cable-television operator.

Khomsan said stealing electricity affects everyone, as it not only leads to higher utility charges, but contributes to power spikes and blackouts.

Prawit said a preliminary DSI investigation backed up the group’s evidence and that DSI has invited the PEA to file a formal complaint.