Online Romeo arrested for car theft

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Police have arrested a suspected car thief who found his victim through an online chat service.

Pongsakorn Jitjumras, 30, was captured July 10 at the Khlongthom Market after returning to the white Honda Jazz belonging to 25-year-old Waraporn Bunthan. He is accused of stealing the car, and Pongsakorn’s phone and cash, during a “date” at Central Festival Pattaya Beach June 26.

The victim points to the man who “borrowed” her heart, then stole her car. The victim points to the man who “borrowed” her heart, then stole her car.

Police said Pongsakorn confessed to meeting Waraporn via an iPhone chat application, then earning enough trust to go together to the beachfront mall. Picking out fruit together, he stole car keys and other items while holding her purse, police said, then made an excuse to get away to steal the vehicle.

Police said the suspect had been driving her car to and from work for the past two weeks. He is also suspected of similar crimes in his Pathumthani home town.