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Hotel thief arrested for stealing in 4 provinces

Police interrogate Sudtheerak Man-ootsa (wearing helmet) at the Pronvincial Police Region 3 headquarters in Nakhon Ratchasima province on Tuesday, with items he allegedly stole from hotel rooms displayed on the desk. (Photo by Prasit Tangprasert)

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A 34-year-old man was arrested in Lop Buri province on Tuesday for allegedly stealing everything he could from hotels and guesthouses that did not demand copies of guests' ID cards.

Sudtheerak Man-ootsa was arrested in tambon Muang Khom of Chai Badan district of Lop Buri with three television sets, emergency lamps, pillowcases, towels and remote controls.

The suspect was then taken for interrogation at the headquarters of the Provincial Police Region 3 in Nakhon Ratchasima province because police suspected him of similar thefts from hotels in Nakhon Ratchasima, Chaiyaphum and Buri Ram provinces.

Interrogators said Mr Sudtheerak, a native of Buri Ram, confessed that he targeted hotels that did not require customers to present ID cards, and would then steal everything he could from the room -- including towels and pillow cases.

His principal target, however, was television sets, which he later wrapped in plastic and sold as used electrical appliances in nearby villages. He made 4,000-5,000 baht from each room and later spent the money on gambling and methamphetamine, police said.

The suspect confessed that he had committed this kind of theft in 10 districts in the four provinces, police said -- including one last July from a hotel owned by singer Thidarat Srijumpol aka Ying Lee in Na Pho district of Buri Ram. 

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