Mor Chit weapons man still unknown
- Published: 6/08/2012 at 09:29 PM
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Police are continuing to gather evidence to identify the owner of a suitcase full of weapons found on a bus at Mor Chit 2 Bus Terminal on Sunday but admit they have made little progress.
Police investigators at Muang Nakhon Ratchaburi station questioned Nattaporn Hasakornburi, 20, a hostess on the bus, who said she could remember the identity of the suspect when he asked her to keep his suitcase.
Mrs Nattaporn told police the suspect was a man in his 30s, wearing a pair of jeans and had short curly hair. He was between 170-175 cm tall. The suspect left the suitcase on the ground beside the bus before going to buy a bus ticket and returned. Another man came to talk to him and the suspect asked her to put his suitcase in the luggage compartment. He then got on the bus and sat on seat No.8D.
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Pol Lt Phoom Thongpo, chief of Muang Nakhon Ratchaburi station’s investigation unit, said his team had checked the security camera footage at the bus station and suspected about 4-5 men as the owner of the weapons-laden suitcase. However, Mrs Nattaporn could not identify any of the men in the footage.
Pol Lt Phoom said the incident took place during the during the Khao Pansa (Buddhist Lent) holidays when masses of commuters thronged the bus station. An investigation to identify the suspect would take time, he said.
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Pol Col Napat Joonlabootsapa, deputy chief of 191 Special Branch Police, said the weapons were likely to be sold to criminal gangs and were not involved with the violent situation in the deep South. He said if that was the case, they would have been in newer and better condition and the method of delivery more systematically organised.
Explosives ordnance disposal (EOD ) officers said the 15 grenades found in the suitcase had a 15 metre blast radius.
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