RAYONG – A mother who left her 3-year-old son unattended in a parked car with engine running and came back only to find the car was stolen with with her son inside.
Saengkaeo Saengsenya 42, parked her Honda City sedan in front of 7-Eleven store at Ploengchai housing estate in Muang district of Rayong and went inside the store, leaving her son in the running vehicle this morning (April 28).
She came out about 10 minutes later only to find her car and the toddler disappeared.
Mrs Saengkaeo shouted for help and returned to the store asking the sales staff to alert police as she also left her mobile phone inside the car.
She asked them to post on social media seeking help from viewers to look for the stolen car with the toddler inside.
Fortunately, a woman and also a Facebook user came across a kid walking alone and recognized he was the toddler whose mother was looking for on Facebook.
She immediately alerted police who later arrived and brought him to his mom waiting at the police station.
The police combed the area and found the stolen car parked inside the temple.
Several coins and kid socks were scattered on the ground indicating the thief tried to ransack the car for valuables.
The thief then locked the car and escaped in hurry.
Police said the thief has taken away the car key, forcing the police to find a key expert to unlock the key to conduct forensic inspection of the car to find the thief.
Meanwhile, An elderly woman is desperately appealing to a thief who broke into her house, saying she won’t press charges if he returns her cash and valuables worth 640,000 baht.
Khream Pulaha, 67, has put a sign on the door of her house in Nong Bua village in Huay Mek district to appeal to the burglar. It reads: “Dear thief, please kindly return the money to yai (grandma). I am now broke. If you return the money, I will not pursue charges.”
She and her husband Suriyan Pulaha, 70, have filed a complaint with local police. Officers found a knife that may have been used to force open a window and they hope fingerprints from it might lead them to the culprit.
The couple were in despair when the Bangkok Post visited their home.
They said the burglary occurred on April 25. A few days earlier, they had withdrawn 500,000 baht from a bank to buy a land plot for their daughter, who sells som tam in Bangkok and sent money to them for their savings.
The couple also used money from their monthly allowance for the elderly and from the sale of sugarcane to buy gold ornaments worth about 140,000 baht and kept them and the cash inside a wardrobe in their bedroom.
On the day of the theft, Mrs Khream said, she was attending the funeral of a relative in Khon Kaen and her husband was at the local healthcare office.
When she returned home around 8pm, she found a light on inside her bedroom but the room was locked. When she unlocked the door, she was shocked when she saw a window had been forced open and the room ransacked. She immediately checked inside her wardrobe.
She said she almost fainted when she saw that everything was gone. Only a 20-baht banknote believed to belong to the thief was left inside the room.
She and her husband immediately reported the incident to Huai Mek police, said Mrs Khream. She hopes information obtained from neighbours, which the couple shared with investigators, will help.
Source: Thai PBS, CRT, Bangkok Post