Pattaya police received a call from a TOT technician that he and his colleagues had rounded up a group of thieves who had cut down a cable at the entrance of Sukhumvit HW soi 85.
At the scene police found the TOT employees detaining 3 Thai men and a 50 meter long cable.
The thieves confessed to police that they were hired by the JWJ Engineering Company to steal the cable to sell it on at the junk year for 200 baht a kilo.
They also confessed to having done the same offense on two previous occasions without getting caught.
The TOT employee said similar robberies had taken place many times in the past. This time however witnesses saw the three men cutting the cable so they rushed to the scene and could stop the gang.
The damage is estimated at approximately 200,000 baht.
The three thieves were detained at Dong Tang beach police sub-station.