Police accuse protesters of stealing

Police on Monday accused anti-government protesters of breaking into the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) at Chaeng Wattana government complex and stealing hard drives and other assets.

Police officers inspected the TCSD office on Monday afternoon after People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) leader Suthep Thaugsuban and his supporters abandoned the complex to march to Government House. 

The team found the office had been ransacked and information relating to technological crimes were partially destroyed and stolen, a source close to the TCSD said on condition of anonymity. 

“Computer parts were stolen and closed-circuit TV cameras were tampered with. They took all they could, including laptop computers and hard drives from PCs,” the source said. 

The thief or thieves also ransacked the office of TCSD commander Pol Maj Gen Siripong Timula. Several other state agencies in the complex had also been broken into, the source added. 

Mr Suthep and his supporters began to occupy the complex on Nov 27.  

The TCSD stores classified information and evidence for the prosecution of criminals implicated in technology- and computer-related offences. The Pheu Thai-led government has been accused of repeatedly using the agency to take legal action against its opponents.  

Pol Maj Gen Siripong could not be reached for comment, but officers inspecting the scene believed the theft was the work of the protesters.   

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Discussion 1 : 10/12/2013 at 08:36 AM
If I were Suthep, I'd pay for it.
Discussion 2 : 10/12/2013 at 07:30 AM
Lets hope the occupiers have the hard drives than atleast the stuf that DSI was covering up or was not being followed up on is safe. The PTP and Tarit would benefit the most from this not falling in the hands of the peoples council
Discussion 3 : 10/12/2013 at 06:23 AM
Looks like a great way to wipe away any IT crimes an/or responsibility for solving them. Nice to know those committing any IT crimes in Thailand in the next 2 years or so will never have to worry about being caught. But the evidence of their crimes is still on the open market for now. Snowden was a huge embarrassment for the US gov't. Thai DCI will be equally embarrassed. or at least they should be.
Discussion 4 : 10/12/2013 at 06:16 AM
And where is the proof that the "occupiers" did it?
Discussion 5 : 10/12/2013 at 12:32 AM
Which one is worse stealing or burning? (If the building is insured the owner doesn't need to worry.)
Discussion 6 : 09/12/2013 at 11:30 PM
Wikileaks will have a new source, should the theives decide to sell the classified information.
Discussion 7 : 09/12/2013 at 11:20 PM
Were the Police having a nice cup of tea at the time?
Discussion 8 : 09/12/2013 at 10:00 PM
It is so ashaming that Police is not able to catch the one that asked them to look/stay away for a moment.
Discussion 9 : 09/12/2013 at 08:42 PM
As long as they're not tricking farang tourists into paying a 2,000Baht fine, like on Sukhumvit, for throwing away a cigarette bud, in an area covered with 'Thai-'buds, where every ashtray has been 'purposefully' removed, with plain-clothed BiBs on the look-out, hidden with a walky-talky in the hand, and a comfortable 'end-station' cum umbrella-table-chairs, I'd trust only what I've seen, red shirts' wise: do you have proof, video evidence? And when the BiBs don't have that, in their own 'den', oh my....
Discussion 10 : 09/12/2013 at 08:39 PM
Not good but at least they didn't burn the building to the ground.
Discussion 11 : 09/12/2013 at 08:38 PM
The police fingerpointing somebody for STEALING???? What are they dong day in day out????? LOL
Discussion 12 : 09/12/2013 at 08:26 PM
You mean the police weren't smart enough to keep secure back-ups of sensitive information? Figures!
Discussion 13 : 09/12/2013 at 08:15 PM
It's funny how the cctv always gets mangled when the government is involved. Not one stitch of security to even alert the police "hey. we are being robbed".
Discussion 14 : 09/12/2013 at 07:29 PM
Good symbol for Thailand if they win.

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