Driver arrested for stealing priceless photos Bangkok Post Learning

Police arrested suspect Nava Hongsakul outside the Royal Thai Police headquarters in Bangkok on Tuesday afternoon. (Police photo)

Police have arrested an advertising mogul’s driver on suspicion of stealing centuries-old photos from his boss’s residence during a fire in May.

Police arrested 36-year-old Nava Hongsakul while he was driving in Bangkok at 2pm on Tuesday.

Police said Mr. Nava applied for a job as a driver for Krisana Thanomsab, CEO of Belink Media, in 2022. Within a year, Nava was tasked with entering all the rooms of his boss’s residence on Udomsuk Road.

On May 4, a fire broke out in the house. The suspect safely escorted his boss out of the residence.

Detectives learned that the suspect had returned to the residence and stolen four photographs of King Rama V, which date back approximately 120 years. The suspect later returned to work as usual.

After the fire was extinguished, the employer learned that the photographs, which had royal autographs and were part of the family inheritance, had gone missing. He filed a complaint with the police.

Police learned that collectors from Chon Buri, Nakhon Pathom and Nonthaburi bought the photographs for a total of 100,000 baht.

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