Ko­rat politi­cian ar­rested for false pickup rob­bery re­port

The Nation - - AROUND THAILAND -

The vice pres­i­dent of a tam­bon coun­cil in Nakhon Ratchasima prov­ince was ar­rested yes­ter­day morn­ing for al­legedly fal­si­fy­ing a re­port that his pickup truck had been stolen.

Thanakrit Thi­angkrathok, 52, vice pres­i­dent of Tam­bon Hin Khok Coun­cil in Chakkarat dis­trict, was ar­rested by po­lice at­tached to Buri Ram’s Krasang dis­trict sta­tion.

Thanakrit filed a com­plaint with po­lice at the Raka in­ter­sec­tion booth in Krasang at noon on Wednesday, say­ing that two men had stopped him on the road and driven off with his pickup truck.

Than­nakrit claimed that he had been driv­ing to a tem­ple in Krasang’s Tam­bon Sung None when two men blocked the road. He said they drove off with the pickup when he stopped to find out what was hap­pen­ing.

Po­lice noted sev­eral ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in his story and ques­tioned him through­out the night. He even­tu­ally ad­mit­ted that he had made up the story in the hope of claim­ing com­pen­sa­tion from his in­sur­ance.

Thanakrit said he had of­fered his pickup as col­lat­eral for a loan but had failed to hon­our the debt and the ve­hi­cle had been seized by the cred­i­tor.

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