Deranged man arrested for breaking bank’s windows

Windows at a branch of Siam Commercial Bank’s Bang Pakong branch in Chachoengsao were shattered with rocks on Sunday. (Photo by Sonthanaporn Inchan)

CHACHOENGSAO — A man, who appeared to be mentally-ill, was arrested on Sunday morning after he smashed the front glass panes of the Siam Commercial Bank’s Bang Pakong branch with rocks.

However, there were no traces of him looting or stealing property inside the bank, police said.

Pol Capt Anan Chalermwatthanakorn, deputy investigation chief of Bang Pakong police, said police went to the bank on Bang Na – Trat Road in tambon Bang Pakong after being informed of the incident, which occurred at about 7.30am.

The police found the third and 14th panes of glass on the front of the bank had been shattered.  The attack left two holes — one about 50 x 120 centimetres and the other 60 x 160cm — in the glass panels. Two rocks were found near the holes.

Eyewitnesses told the police that they saw a man, who appeared to be mentally deranged, throw rocks at the bank’s windows.  Following a search, the police arrested a suspect near a Tesco Lotus convenience store about two kilometres from the bank.

Another rock was found in a bag he was carrying.  The man, who was not identified, was brought to Bang Pakong police station for questioning.

Pol Capt Anan said the police were waiting for bank officials to decide whether to file a complaint seeking legal action against the man, who had committed a petty crime.

If the bank wanted the police to take legal action against him, the man would be sent for an examination by doctors to determine the degree of his mental illness.  If not, he would be sent to the provincial social development and human security office for rehabilitation, Pol Capt Anan said.

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