Fake 'student' thieves busted
- Published: 23/02/2013 at 06:54 PM
- Online news:
Police in Samut Prakan have arrested a couple who pretended to be university students and stole property from more than 100 students in many schools.
Bang Phli police arrested Sujitra Jittakram, 22, and Komkrit Khunviset, 42 at their house in Thanya Buri district of Pathum Thani.
Officers seized a pickup truck, 43 buttons for uniforms of many universities, and a university student uniform.
Also seized were 23 smartphones, 24 brand-name women's handbags, 20 wallets and other items including watches, car keys and eyeglasses. Altogether, there were more than 100 stolen items.
Victims of the thefts search for items stolen from them by the fake "students".
Pol Maj Gen Thatchai Hongthong, commander of the Bang Phli Police Station, said that over the past year, police had received many reports of stolen goods from a university in the area.
Initially, it was assumed that the thief might be someone at the school but an investigation showed that around 20 other universities were reporting similar problems.
The victims of the thefts identified the suspect as a fat student with dark skin. In the final incident leading to the arrest, a closed-circuit TV camera caught the suspect taking part in a graduation rehearsal. She was accompanied by a thin, tall man. A follow-up investigation concluded that the woman matched the descriptions given in other cases.
When police arrested the couple, they said the woman confessed to the crimes. She claimed she had trouble finding a job because of an earlier theft conviction.
While visiting a university, she told police, she noticed that many students had expensive items and often left their property unattended.
Police said the woman told them she had been stealing items for more than a year and reselling them to earn between 60,000 and 100,000 baht a month.
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