Arrested Phuket serial thief released from prison 12 days ago

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: A Phuket man who was recently released from prison after serving time for theft was arrested once again yesterday (Jan 15) for stealing valuables worth more than B23,500 from schools.

Prayuth Kreakaew, 39, was released from prison on Jan 4. Photo: Darawn Naknakhon


Lt Col Somsak Thongkleng of Phuket City Police arrested Prayuth Kreakaew, 39, on an arrest warrant issued yesterday for theft using a getaway vehicle after he stole valuables from the faculty room at Dowrung Wittaya School in Talad Neua on Jan 8.

Police arrested Prayuth at 4:50pm yesterday at a rented room in Takhua Pa Rd in Talad Yai.

Among items seized from Prayuth were clothing, hats, helmets, watches, backpacks, piggy bank and a Honda Click.

Lt Col Somsak revealed that Prayuth was released from Phuket Prison on Jan 4 where he served time on theft charges.

“Prayuth told us that he could not find a job since being released from prison so he went around on a motorbike stealing other people’s property, mostly from schools. He said he did it nine times in areas of Talad Neua and Talad Yai.

1. On Jan 8 he stole more than B200 from the faculty room at Dowrung Wittaya School.

2. On Jan 9 he stole items worth over B5000 from the worker’s rest room at Royal City Hotel.

3. On Jan 10 he stole more than B8,0000 in cash and other valuables from patients at Vachira Hospital.

4. On an unknown date he stole more than B14,800 worth of items from the staff restroom at Bangkok Hospital, Baan Nabon School in Wichit, Darasamuth School, Kathu Wittaya School, Kathu Municipality School and Thairat Wittaya School

Prayuth told police that he sold some items and spent the money on daily living expenses. He was taken to Phuket City Police to face yet more theft charges.