Taxi passenger arrested for stealing cab

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A Chumphon man who hired a taxi to visit a friend in Pattaya Remand Prison may soon be joining him after police arrested the passenger for allegedly stealing the cab.

Thongchai Khucharoen, 26, was arrested by police in Minburi Sept. 11. He was remanded to Pattaya Police Station, as the incident happened in their jurisdiction.

Taxi driver Peera Saeneesot points to Thongchai Khucharoen, the man who stole his taxi. Taxi driver Peera Saeneesot points to Thongchai Khucharoen, the man who stole his taxi.

Taxi driver Peera Saeneesot, 52, said Thongchai hired him for a 2,200 baht round-trip between Bangyai Market in Nonthaburi and the Pattaya prison Sept. 10. After visiting his friend, Thongchai asked the driver to stop at Potisan Market in Naklua and then deliver a document to a vendor.

Peera left the key in the ignition and, when he stepped out to deliver the papers, Thongchai allegedly stole the green-and-white Toyota Corona cab. He sped away, but was apprehended by Minburi police.

Police said Thongchai confessed to the theft and admitted he’d been arrested, but acquitted, before for a similar crime. He said he wanted the cab to use in Bangkok and earn a better income.