Man preying on web shoppers nabbed

Man preying on web shoppers nabbed

Plainclothes officers from the Crime Suppression Division arrest Suspect Jirasak Singchai (centre), 31, at a rented room in Bangkok's Lat Krabang district. The man is wanted on five arrest warrants for fraud over online shopping scams. (Photo supplied by the Crime Suppression Division)
Plainclothes officers from the Crime Suppression Division arrest Suspect Jirasak Singchai (centre), 31, at a rented room in Bangkok's Lat Krabang district. The man is wanted on five arrest warrants for fraud over online shopping scams. (Photo supplied by the Crime Suppression Division)

A young man preying on online shoppers has been arrested in Bangkok’s Lat Krabang district after three years on the run.

Jirasak Singchai, dubbed thep jon nai tamnan (legendary thief) by his victims, was apprehended at a rented house in Thap Yao area of Lat Krabang district on Friday by a team of Crime Suppression Division police, Thai media reported.

The suspect was wanted on five arrest warrants issued by the Thon Buri, Chon Buri, Nonthaburi, Songkhla and Nakhon Sawan courts for fraud involving online shopping scams.

Mr Jirasak gained notoriety among online shoppers as many people fell victim to him. A group of victims had set up a Facebook page to warn people against buying from him, said Pol Col Arun Wachirasrisukanya, superintendent of the CSD subdivision 2.

CSD police began tracking down the suspect and later received information on Friday that he was in hiding at a rented house in Thap Yao area. 

Mr Jirasak confessed to the fraud charges. He told CSD police he was a third-year industrial robotics engineering student at a university when he was drafted by the army. 

After being discharged in 2017, he did not continue his study. He became jobless and made a living advertising and selling products online that he did not deliver. The products he advertised were bicycle spare parts, games on DVD and rare music CDs.

Over the past three years, he had never been caught but he took a precaution by changing apartments often.

According to the CSD investigation, the suspect had swindled hundreds of thousands of baht from online shoppers. He spent the money on online football gambling and personal expenses.

The suspect was handed over to Bukkhalo police station in Bangkok for legal action.


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