The 1 baht gold necklace was overlooked by the thief.
When: December 18th, 2020
Where: Nong Khon Kao subdistrict, Udon Thani province
Perpetrators: Unknown burglar
Victims: Mr. Phraiwan, 51
What: Police in Udon Thani received a report of a home burglary on December 18th, 2020. Officers went to investigate and spoke to the owner of the home, Mr. Phraiwan, 51.
The owner said that the culprit broke a lock at the back of the house and slipped through the kitchen window. The burglar then went to one of the bedrooms and rummaged through a closet, stealing 2,000 baht.
Mr. Phraiwan said that his wife passed away on October 27th, 2020. He had recently made merit for her at the temple. He was out of the house when the burglary happened. When he returned, he saw a Honda motorbike, which was unfamiliar to the homeowner. The burglar fled the scene once Mr. Phraiwan arrived.
A very Thai twist to the story was also reported. Mr. Phraiwan told media that a 1 baht (baht here is a measurement of gold, with a 27,483 baht value as of the date this was published) gold necklace that was in the closet with the cash was not found by the burglar. Mr. Phraiwan said that he believes his wife’s spirit covered the criminal’s eyes and made it impossible to find. He said that the gold necklace and another gold ring belonged to the deceased wife and was given to the couple’s daughter before she died.
Mr. Phraiwan lit incense to give thanks to a photo of his deceased wife for saving the daughter’s property.
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My take: A very Thai twist to a mundane story about a house burglary. Whether the wife’s spirit covered the thief’s eyes or not, we’ll never know. A story that reminds us again: this is Thailand.
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