Intoxicated man arrested after stealing many large road signs in Pattaya for money to buy more alcohol

Pattaya –

An intoxicated man has been arrested after stealing many large road signs on main roads in the Pattaya and Banglamung area for money to buy more alcohol.

A team from the Pattaya Highway Office and the Chonburi Highway Police have arrested Mr. Chatree Srichum, 27, earlier this week. He and his friends were caught stealing large road signs on the main roads in and around Pattaya. The two other suspects, however, sped away. Seized from Chatree were his motorbike sidecar, various tools, and pieces of large road signs. Chatree was, according to highway police, heavily intoxicated when arrested.

Mr. Chatree admitted to Pattaya Police, “My friends and I were very drunk and ran out of alcohol. We needed money to buy more alcohol. We decided to cut up large Pattaya road signs and sell the parts for money to purchase more alcohol. This was a bad idea and caused by too much alcohol, we never intended to destroy the road signs.”

Chatree is facing charges of theft. Police are hunting for the two other suspects to face further legal action.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.