Chiang Rai Navy Patrol Arrests Truck Thief after Sinking StolenTruck into Mekong River

River. (Photo by Chinpat Chaimon)

Officers detain car theft suspect Janpeng Tharavet, 43, after he tried to flee into a nearby forest along the Mekong River. (Photo by Chinpat Chaimon)


CHIANG RAI – Navy Lt Cdr Chaturong Khachornfung has reported that a suspected car thief was caught shortly after a stolen pickup truck he and an accomplice were trying to load onto a boat sank in the Mekong River on Saturday morning around 5:30 AM.

Two officers try to retrieve a stolen pickup truck from the Mekong River in Chiang Khong district of Chiang Rai. (Photo by Chinpat Chaimon)

Two officers try to retrieve a stolen pickup truck from the Mekong River (Photo by Chinpat Chaimon)

Lt Cdr Chaturong Khachornfung said, his patrol unit spotted a suspicious Toyota pickup heading toward the river in Huay Meng village in tambon Chiang Khong of Chiang Khong district early in the morning.

The patrol unit followed and saw the driver trying to load the pickup onto a boat driven by another man.

When the officers arrived at the scene, the boat took off, causing the pickup to fall into the river and sink and truck driver to flee into a nearby forest, he was arrested shortly afterward.

Janpeng Tharavet, 43, of Khlong Luang district in Pathum Thani, was detained for further legal action.

Officers then set out to retrieve the sunken pickup, which they later confirmed had been stolen.

By Chinpat Chaimon


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