A GANG of three men were arrested in Cha-am district of Phetchaburi province last night for stealing telephone cables to harvest the valuable copper within after a spate of such robberies since March, Siam Rath newspaper said this afternoon (June 13).
Pol. Maj. Gen. Uthai Kawindechathorn, head of Phetchaburi provincial police, and his team said at a press briefing that the three men, Mr. Anu, or Nu, Ketsuriyawong, 31, Mr. Charoon, or Bird, Kaewyai, 32, and Mr. Apisak, or Kok, Srihom, 38, had confessed to stealing telephone cables at least six times from March onwards in this district
Seized from the suspects were 40 metres of TOT Plc cables of 200-.5 AP size, a machete, a hand saw, a pair of pliers and two motorcycles.
Cha-am police had launched an investigation after a string of cable thefts in the district with 10 – 250 metres being stolen each time. The thieves burned off the plastic to harvest the valuable metal for sale.
TOT Plc has suffered a loss of approximately 400,000 baht with the thefts disrupting service to people in the district.
With the help of National Telecom Plc, the Cha-am police team caught the gang red-handed at 3 a.m. this morning as they were going about stealing more cables.
The gang of telephone cable thieves and the cables they were caught stealing last night. Photos: Siam Rath