Former boxer wanted for burglarizing Pattaya temple

A witness identifies Udom Suwankana sitting on the sidewalk on Jomtien beach road as the thief who stole amulets and cash valued at almost one million baht from a temple in Huay Yai district.

Police are looking for a former boxer who stole a million baht in cash and Buddha amulets from a Huay Yai temple.

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Udom Suwankana, village chief for Najomtien Moo 1, identified the suspect Aug. 15 as Somchai Sanset of Nakhon Pathom. Udom said he was the same man who went on a drunken tirade at the local beach a day earlier.

The suspected thief was found to be roaming around in a state of intoxication along the Jomtien Beach area.

The village chief said that, only after he had chased away the former boxer, that he saw a Facebook post from the abbot of Theppabut Temple in Huay Yai.

The monk posted a photo of Somchai, claiming he had burglarized the wat, taking 200,000 baht in cash and a collection of amulets valued at almost one million baht.