Thieves targeted foreigners' homes in Northeast

Thieves targeted foreigners' homes in Northeast

Burglars selected victims at Udon Thani airport

Two members of a gang of burglars targeting houses of foreign residents in the Northeast have been arrested and some of the 10 million baht of loot recovered, in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Bua Yai district.

Pradit Chainok, 28, and his brother Prasopchok, 26, both Bua Yai residents, were detained and presented at a press conference at the Provincial Police Region 4 office on Friday.

The two brothers looked for their victims at Udon Thani airport, targeting foreigners with Thai wives, said Pol Lt Gen Boonlert Jaipradit, commissioner of Provincial Police Region 4.

The suspects then followed the chosen victims to their houses and waited for an opportunity to break in and steal whatever valuables they could make off with, Thai media reported.

The pair had admitted to 11 home break-ins in which more than 10 million baht in cash and valuables had been reported stolen, Pol Lt Gen Boonlert said.

They had burgled homes in Udon Thani, Nong Khai, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Chaiyaphum and Nakhon Ratchasima.  Some of the  stolen goods had been recovered, police said, but not how much.

The latest break-in was at the house of a foreign resident living at Ban Chiang in Nong Han district of Udon Thani on Aug 8, when more than 800,000 baht in cash and valuables were stolen,  Manager Online reported.

Police said there were six other gang members also carrying out burglaries. A manhunt has been launched for them.

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