Seven men have been arrested and more than ten million baht recovered in the burglary of Supoj Saplom's house. The gang's leader and three other gang members have not been caught, however.
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Phanupong Singhara na Ayudhya, second right, holds a press conference about the arrests of four suspects allegedly involved in a robbery at the house of Supoj Saplom. KOSOL NAKACHOL
Man didn't realise B1.5m was stolen
A man yesterday returned 1.5 million baht in cash to police after learning from media reports the money left with him by an acquaintance was cash stolen from permanent secretary for transport Supoj Saplom's house.
Lersak Wiriyakasap, 51, a Kanchanaburi native, told police he was given the money from a man later identified as the leader of the gang that broke into Mr Supoj's house on Nov 12, deputy national police chief Phanupong Singhara na Ayudhya said.
Mr Lersak insisted he was not aware that the money left with him by Weerasak Chualee, 36, had been stolen, Pol Gen Phanupong said.
Pol Maj Gen Winai Thongsong, acting commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, who is also investigating the robbery case, said police did not charge Mr Lersak as a suspect.
Pol Maj Gen Winai said no arrest warrant had been issued for Mr Lersak.
Pol Maj Gen Winai said Mr Lersak returned home after he surrendered the money to the police.
Last week Mr Supoj told police his house had been broken into and 12 million baht was missing.
But one of the two suspects arrested on Thursday told police that when he and five other men broke into the house, they found an estimated 700 million to 1 billion baht stashed away in bags.
Mr Supoj has rejected claims that such a large amount of money had been kept in his house.
He insisted the accusation was intended to discredit him.
It remains unclear how much money had been stolen.
Meanwhile, Chayatat Channachai, 33, surrendered to police yesterday.
National police chief Pol Gen Priewpan Damapong said Mr Chayatat was a son of a retired civil servant and that police had evidence that he had supplied information about Mr Supoj's house to the robbery gang.
Pol Gen Priewpan said he could not reveal any more details about the suspect's involvement.
As Mr Supoj now faces an investigation as a result of the robbers' claims into whether he is "unusually wealthy", he has been transferred to an inactive post.
The National Anti-Corruption Commission will meet tomorrow to decide whether to investigate Mr Supoj's alleged unusual wealth.
press conference – an official meeting where someone makes a formal statement about a particular issue or event to journalists and answers their questions about it การแถลงข่าว
arrest – (of the police) taking someone to a police station because they are believed to have committed a crime การจับกุม
suspect – a person who is thought to have committed a crime ผู้ต้องสงสัย
allegedly – claimed to have done something wrong, but not yet proven ที่กล่าวหา
robbery – the crime of stealing money or goods from a bank, shop/store, person, etc การปล้น, การโจรกรรม
realise – to know about ตระหนัก รู้
cash – money in the form of notes or coins เงินสด
media – newspapers, television, radio, etc. สื่อ
acquaintance – a person you know but who you are not close friends with คนคุ้นเคย
native – someone who was born in a particular place ชาวพื้นเมือง
identified – named ระบุชื่อ
deputy – a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation รอง
insist – to keep saying very firmly that something is true ยืนกราน ยืนยัน
aware – knowing that something exists, or having knowledge or experience of a particular thing ทราบ
acting – doing the work of the usual person in a particular job while they are not there, or until a new person starts ที่รักษาการแทน
commissioner – the head of a particular police force in some countries
metropolitan police – the police in responsible for a city ตำรวจนครบาล
investigate – to try to find out the facts about something in order to learn the truth about it ตรวจสอบหาความจริง
charge – to accuse someone officially of committing a crime ตั้งข้อกล่าวหา
arrest warrant – a document signed by a judge allowing police to arrest someone หมายจับ
issue – to officially announce or give out ออก, ออกประกาศ, ออกคำสั่ง
surrender – to officially give up something คืน, ยอมมอบ, สละ
estimated – thought to be a particular amount, size, etc. based on a guess or the best information available ประมาณการ
stash – to hide or store a large amount of something ซ่อนไว้, เก็บไว้
reject – to not agree with ปฏิเสธ ไม่ยอมรับ
intended – planned; wanted to happen ที่ได้วางแผนไว้ ที่ตั้งใจให้เกิดขึ้น
meanwhile – at the same time ในเวลาเดียวกัน
surrender – to give yourself up ยอมจำนน
civil servant – someone who works for a government department ข้าราชการ
evidence – facts statements or objects that help to prove whether or not someone has committed a crime หลักฐาน
reveal – to let something become known เปิดเผย
transfer – to change someone’s job or responsibilities โยกย้ายตำแหน่ง
inactive post – a job or position with no real responsibilities or duties
alleged – claimed to be true although not yet proven ที่ถูกกล่าวหา
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