A prisoner who walked right out the front door of Phetchabun prison dressed as a guard was arrested a couple of hours after making his great escape this afternoon.
Wutthichai Dechasitthanwat, 35, had been remanded in custody since July while waiting for a court case for seven charges of theft.
However, the suspect feared he would receive a long sentence and hatched a plan to escape from the jail in Phetchabun, central Thailand.
Wutthichai picked up a guards uniform and cap with a face mask to hide his features. He then completed the look by carrying a clipboard under his arm.
Incredibly, Wutthichai walked out of his cell wearing his disguise and oblivious prison staff opened the front doors for him – straight into the open car park and away to freedom.
The man in uniform caught on CCTV is actually a prisoner escaping from Phetchabun Prison. He just walked right out the front door dressed as a guard. pic.twitter.com/rwvxrsW2WR
— Stickboy Bangkok (@StickboyBangkok) September 17, 2020
The fugitive took a taxi to his house before riding away on his old motorcycle and heading for the north of the country.
Furious prison chiefs realised they had been duped when they checked Wutthichai’s cell later in the afternoon, which sparked a police manhunt.
Officers said they traced a mobile phone signal which lead them to Wutthichai who was hiding in an abandoned house in the same province.
He was arrested – without his disguise – and hauled back to prison where he now faces additional charges of escaping from custody.
Police Major General Atthasit Sudsanguan said a ”large scale search” had been launched as soon as the prisoner was reported missing.
He added: ”We are now investigating how the prisoner could escape without anybody noticing.
”He said that he acted alone but we will need to be sure that there were no accomplices that helped him.
”We are preparing extra charges against him for breaking out of jail.”
Chemical Engineer Caught Running ‘E’ And Meth Lab In Nonthaburi
A chemical engineer who turned to producing Ecstacy pills and crystal meth at his condo in Nonthaburi was arrested this morning by officers from the Narcotics Suppression Bureau.
The Saturday morning raid on a building in Bang Kruai District, Nonthaburi was led by Police General Manu Makemok, Deputy Commissioner General, Royal Thai Police and Police Lieutenant General Montree Yimyaem, commissioner of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau.
Inside the apartment, the prime suspect, 42-year-old suspect Patiwet “Heisenberg” Suwankiri was apprehended.
Drug production equipment and chemical precursors were seized along with 20,000 Ecstacy tablets and 50 grams of crystal meth.
Police General Manu said that the Narcotics Suppression Bureau got a tip that there was a group of pill producers who sold E tablets to entertainment venues in Bangkok.
A surveillance operation was set up and pinpointed Prayoon Thapinna as the dealer. He was taken in for questioning and soon after he folded like a deckchair telling cops who “Heisenberg” was.
During questioning “Heisenberg” was evasive saying he sold the drugs to tourists and that he imported the chemical precursors from online dealers.
Police dismissed both explanations as tourism in Thailand is virtually non-existent due to Covid-19 and the chemicals and tools needed to produce the E and meth have been on a banned list for many years.
He did admit to producing the drugs in his apartment saying he used the knowledge from when he studied chemical engineering
Investigators are working to find more people involved in the operation as the set-up was capable of producing around 3,000 tablets per day.
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CCSA Overturn BMA Order To Reopen Parks, Other Businesses
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration has overturned the plan by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to allow five types of businesses and venues, including public parks and beauty salons, to open June 1.
Following the BMA Communicable Disease Committee meeting on Monday it was announceed that restrictions on traditional Thai massage parlours, museums, public parks, botanical gardens, learning centres, spas, nail and beauty salons and tattoo parlours would be lifted.
The news was welcomed by many with business owners getting to work in preperation for the sudden rreopening.
Then came the infamous flip-flop by the government when it was reported the CCSA had put the plan on hold for at least a further 14 days.
No reason was given for the sudden change.
Public Parks In Bangkok Reopening Jun 1
This order was later overturned by the CCSA and the plan has been put on hold for at least a further 14 days.
Following a meeting of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Communicable Disease Committee today, it has been announced that public parks in the capital can reopen from June 1.
The committee, chaired by Governor Aswin, also lifted restrictions on traditional Thai massage parlours, museums, botanical gardens, learning centres, spas, nail and beauty salons and tattoo parlours.
Other establishments currently shuttered are to remain closed until at least June 14, 2021.
The news comes despite the capital reporting over 1,300 Covid-cases on Monday, however, the current crop of clusters are in migrant worker camps and wet markets.
While most welcomed the news that parks will reopen allowing outdoor exercise again, dozens in the expat community continued to grumble that gyms and fitness centres will remain closed.