Drunk cuts electric cable to sell for more booze

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A Third Road restaurateur caught a drunken neighbor trying to steal electric wire to sell for booze money.

Police were called to the Khrua Kamol Restaurant March 1 where 42-year-old Wichian Dokmai was being detained by eatery staff. At the scene were a pair of wire cutters and a pile of wire.

Wichian told police he often cut utility cables to sell for scrap, then use the cash to buy more alcohol. Khrau Kamol was just behind where he lived, so when the booze ran low that night, he tried to steal from his neighbor, but got caught, he said.

Wichian Dokmai shows police how he tried to steal electric wire from his neighbor. Wichian Dokmai shows police how he tried to steal electric wire from his neighbor.

The electric wire was brand new, and had not yet been connected, otherwise the drunken thief might have ended up dead instead of in jail.