Cops crash in on used car dealer


Po­lice ar­rested a 21-year-old used car dealer in Pathum Thani yes­ter­day for al­legedly de­ceiv­ing peo­ple into buy­ing ve­hi­cles with­out reg­is­tra­tion cer­tifi­cates and fail­ing to de­liver licence plates with “lucky num­bers” to his cus­tomers as promised.

The ar­rest came a day af­ter the vic­tims and their lawyer pe­ti­tioned the Crime Sup­pres­sion Di­vi­sion (CSD) to track down Than­a­bodi Jitta, the car dealer. Mr Than­a­bodi was wanted on charges of fraud un­der an ar­rest war­rant ap­proved by Ut­tara­dit Pro­vin­cial Court on Aug 16.

Of­fi­cers man­aged to ar­rest Mr Than­a­bodi at an apart­ment in Lam Luk Ka about 1pm.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, in­ves­ti­ga­tors were in­structed to track down the sus­pect fol­low­ing the pe­ti­tion. They re­ceived in­for­ma­tion yes­ter­day that the used car dealer was hid­ing in the apart­ment, which led to his ar­rest.

Mr Than­a­bodi said he had no in­ten­tion of de­ceiv­ing the vic­tims, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Re­fer­ring to the sale of licence plates bear­ing lucky num­bers, Mr Than­a­bodi al­legedly told po­lice he acted only as a dealer.

He said once the cus­tomer paid him for the plate num­bers, the sum was wired to the owner of the num­bers, named “Kae”.

Kae how­ever failed to de­liver the plates to him and later could not be reached, Mr Than­a­bodi said.

He de­nied an ac­cu­sa­tion of sup­ply­ing cars with­out reg­is­tra­tion cer­tifi­cates, adding he had in­formed his cus­tomers these were pawned ve­hi­cles from own­ers who had failed to re­deem them, and these ve­hi­cles came with­out reg­is­tra­tion cer­tifi­cates.

He de­nied al­le­ga­tions that he threat­ened the vic­tims.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, Mr Than­a­bodi also faces an em­bez­zle­ment charge based on a war­rant for his ar­rest is­sued on July 3 by Bangkok North Mu­nic­i­pal Court.

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