Recently, an intriguing case unfolded in Samut Prakan, an area notorious for its luxurious homes. Three Colombian nationals, namely Alexandro Giovan Cuellar Pulido, Henrry Yeferson Delgado Bogota, and Maricela Cifuentes Hernandez, were apprehended for carrying out a string of burglaries in these affluent domiciles and nearby provinces. Originally issued with arrest warrants for theft conspiracy by the Samut Prakan Provincial Court, the trio was nabbed by law enforcement agencies on the following Wednesday.
The carefully orchestrated operation was led by Pol Maj Gen Wallop Araemlar, chief of Samut Prakan police. The accused were captured in Pathum Thani province, and their possessions were seized. Among the confiscated items were a Toyota Vios with Chon Buri license plates, Prachuap Khiri Khan license plates, burglary paraphernalia, beanies, banknotes amounting to 32,700 baht, foreign currency notes and other items, bringing the total to 100 items.
The chain of events was set in motion following a reported home intrusion at an opulent housing estate in the Samut Prakan area. The property, located in the smallest administrative unit in Thailand, tambon Bang Muang of Muang district, was targeted around 10.45 pm on August 29. Upon investigating the premises, the police discovered a broken safe on the second floor of the house. It was later revealed that the stolen items included 200,000 baht in cash, 500 US dollars, 50,000 rupees, and a dazzling collection of gold jewellery plus a diamond-studded necklace estimated to be about 500,000 baht.
Security footage retrieved from the area painted a chilling picture. It showed the Colombian suspects breaking into another house on the same night before the theft at the reported household. Additional facts came to light on September 2 when it was revealed that the same syndicate had targets two other houses in an area under the jurisdiction of Bang Kaew police station in Samut Prakan. The footage was instrumental in kickstarting a comprehensive investigation that successfully identified the Colombian suspects involved in the break-ins.
During the course of the investigation, it was disclosed that the syndicate was living in a rented house in the Chonburi province. The culprits would commute from their eastern province residence to execute the burglaries in Samut Prakan and return to Chonburi afterwards, discreetly blending into the local population. But the jig was up when investigators received a tip-off that the gang was planning another break-in, this time in Pathum Thani province. Following the movements of the suspects, law enforcement managed to apprehend them, thus bringing their crime spree to a halt. The captured individuals were handed over to police investigators at Muang police station in Samut Prakan, marking the end of this riveting case.