Protester 'Steals' Crowd Control Equipment

(11 January) An anti-government protester has been arrested for looting police equipment from the clash in Bangkok last month, according to the police.

Police said a civilian has informed the police that the suspect, identified as Mr. Jakkapong Boonrueng, 23, had stolen some police equipment during the deadly clashes between the People′s Committee for Absolute Democracy With the King As Head of State (PCAD) and the police near Thai-Japan Stadium in Din Daeng district on 26 December.
The police then reportedly arranged a team to search Mr. Jakkrapong′s house in Bangkok′s Hua Mak district and found a number of items issued to the police force.
It is reported that Mr. Jakkrapong had stolen a bullet-proof vest, a helmet, a shin guard, a club, tear gas ammunition, a police uniform rain coat, two shotgun cartridges, and a green flare.
The suspect reportedly admitted that he attended the protests on 26 December, and explained that he stole the equipment after the protesters had stormed into the Ministry of Labour building.


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