CHAI NAT : More than 60 items have been stolen from the Chai Nat Munee museum in what police suspect is an inside job.
Police were alerted yesterday by Saneh Prakobthong, the museum's curator, after she conducted an inventory at the weekend and discovered the missing items.
Among the artefacts believed stolen are two pairs of ivory tusks, several King Rama V coins, amulets and porcelain items. No value has been put on the missing exhibits.
Ms Saneh became aware of the theft on Saturday when she noticed the ivory tusks were missing from a storage room. On closer inspection she found evidence that other items had been moved or were missing.
Over the next two days she conducted a full inventory and discovered a total of 61 items were missing. She then informed the police.
Pol Maj Gen Pawat Prommakrit, chief of Chai Nat police, said the museum's staff will be questioned, as will a man who quit his job as a security guard in February.
Following an initial investigation, police said they suspect the theft might have been an inside job.
Only staff and security guards have access to the storage room's keys, and there were no signs of forced entry, Pol Maj Gen Pawat said.
He also said a computer hard disk appeared to have been tampered with, which meant officers were unable to review footage from the museum's surveillance cameras.