26 police weapons still missing

The Royal Thai Police on Thursday said 26 of 27 weapons stolen by unidentified people during the clash between authorities and anti-government protestors in Bangkok's Din Daeng district last month have yet to be retrieved.

On Dec 26, in the vicinity of the Thai-Japanese sports stadium, demonstrators broke into police cars while officers were retreating and stole various police equipment and weapons, said Pol Lt Gen Sophon Pisuthiwong, commander of the Commissioner-General Office. 

The missing firearms consist of six shotguns, 12 tear gas launchers and three handguns which are the property of the Royal Thai Police, and six other pistols personally owned by officers. 

One handgun was found after police arrested a man recently, said Pol Lt Gen Sophon, who will oversea security operations during the Jan 13 "Operation Bangkok Shutdown". 

He urged the public to be on the lookout for the stolen weapons and contact police if they see or hear about them. 

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