A THIEF who pretended to be a patient stole an X-ray machine from a hospital in Krabi province which is now in serious trouble as doctors there do not have this essential equipment in treating their patients, Amarin TV said this afternoon (May 23).
Dr. Natthaphong Du-ngam, director of Plai Phraya Hospital Krabi, posted a message on his personal Facebook page asking people to help search for clues in tracking down this unscrupulous thief.
He related that the thief, a masked man of around 30-40 years of age, came to the hospital at approximately 7 p.m. last evening wearing a large backpack on his chest and pretended to be sick and in need of medical treatment.
However he then proceeded to steal the X-ray machine causing a lot of trouble as doctors here could no longer get X-rays for their patients.
The doctor offered a reward of 10,000 baht to anyone sending photos or submitting clues about this thief that would help apprehend him.
Meanwhile Pol. Col. Chongrak Pimthong, the superintendent of Krabi provincial police station, ordered the investigative team to check surveillance camera clips at various points along the routes the thief could have used to come to the hospital.
He distributed an image of the thief to community leaders and police volunteers to share with their Line groups to track down and arrest him as soon as possible.
A screengrab image of the thief who stole the hospital’s X-ray machine. The Thai headline says, “Stole hospital’s X-ray machine.” Photo: Amarin TV