Tyre shop owners say 'police' extorted them

Tyre shop owners say 'police' extorted them

Men claiming to be officers demanded cash in return for not prosecuting couple for 'stolen car'

Security camera footage shows the owner of an auto tyre shop in Nakhon Si Thammarat holding cash while talking with men she said claimed to be police officers who demanded money in exchange for sparing the shop from being prosecuted. (Photo supplied)
Security camera footage shows the owner of an auto tyre shop in Nakhon Si Thammarat holding cash while talking with men she said claimed to be police officers who demanded money in exchange for sparing the shop from being prosecuted. (Photo supplied)

NAKHON SI THAMMARAT: Five men who claimed to be police officers are suspected of extorting 18,000 baht from a couple who run an auto tyre shop in Muang district.

Authorities are now trying to determine the identities of the men, the chief of Muang Nakhon Si Thammarat police station said on Friday. 

Pol Col Thewet Pluemsut said the incident took place at the Oa Racing shop on Thewaburi Road on Wednesday.

Security camera footage from the shop showed that the visitors were “government officials” from outside the area of jurisdiction of the police station, he said. Investigators are examining the video to find out exactly who committed the crime, he added.

The complaint was filed by Panuwat Thaoju, 35, and his wife Cindy Kanjasadung, 25. They told police on Thursday that at least five men arrived at their shop in two vehicles on Wednesday afternoon and claimed that the couple had a stolen vehicle.

The men said they were officers with the narcotics, car-theft suppression and Region 8 police. They had Mr Panuwat undergo a urine test and finally demanded 20,000 baht from the couple in exchange for not taking further legal action.

The men arrived in a Toyota C-HR vehicle with a red licence plate and a white Isuzu pickup without a licence plate, Miss Cindy said.

She said she had her gold necklace pledged for 18,000 baht as she and her husband did not have enough cash to meet the men’s demand. The men then left the shop. She also said that a Buddha amulet was taken from her desk.



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