Bang Lamung, Chonburi —
A copper thief/thieves caused more than ten million baht in damages to the railway system in Chonburi, according to the railway traffic officer.
On Sunday, June 5th, the Pattaya News interviewed a railway officer, Thanat Boonkarut, who was on an urgent duty of directing traffic at the railroad crossing in the Na Jomtien subdistrict, Sattahip district, Chonburi, after a traffic commotion took place due to a malfunctioned block signal.
According to officer Thanat, the block signal at this crossing was out of order due to a short circuit caused by a copper thief/thieves who had dug out the underground copper wires along the Bang Lamung Railway station to Map Ta Phut and sold it on the black market. He stated that multiple similar crimes had occurred in this area since November 2021 with an estimated damage of over ten million baht.
“Some thieves peeled off the copper and scattered the insulation along the track, and some even threw the entire scrapped materials away in the woods,” officer Thanat stated.
One scavenger couple, according to officer Thanat, was arrested for stealing wires and went through legal proceedings, but they returned and carelessly repeated the crime.
Initially, the railway officers reported the crime to the Na Jomtien Police Station as it had caused tremendous damage to the railway system and could endanger hundreds of lives. To avoid possible loss, they would repair the wires along the track, according to the officers.