German man arrested for allegedly set fire to public phone booths
The Nation Mar 9, 2009
Police have arrested a 64-year-old German man for having allegedly set fire to 11 telephone booths and three bus stops in Thonglor area.
Metropolitan Police commissioner Pol Lt Gen Worapong Chiewpreecha held a press conference Monday to announce the arrest of Heutsch Dieter Beckers.
Worapong said Beckers burned the phone booths and bus stops late March 3 and early March 4.
He said footages from security cameras of the city administration and Krung Thai Bank on Soi Sukhumvit 49 showed that Beckers was the suspect.
Beckers told police that he set the fire to the phone booths after he failed to get changes from the phone.
He said he entered Thailand on October 5 2007 and stayed in Pattaya until he was broke after a Thai woman took all of his money.
He said he became a homeless person living in Bangkok.
He said he set fire to the three bus stops after other homeless people would not allow him to sleep there.