Suspected thief says he stole railway pins and steel plates to get cash
Mr. Sompong Klaikloeng , the man arrested by Phetchaburi provincial police for allegedly stealing railway pins and steel plates, causing a south-bound train to derail at noon on Monday, has admitted to the police that he did not intend the derail the train, but only meant to trade the stolen objects for cash.
Police say they remain skeptical about his story and are continuing to question him.
The Thon Buri-Lang Suan train left Bangkok on Monday and was derailed as it was travelling between Huay Tan and Hua Hin stations. There were no injuries.
Phetchaburi provincial police raided a scrap dealer in Cha-am district on the same night and found many railway pins and steel plates, which are used to secure the rails to the sleepers.
Sompong faces charges of theft and causing the derailment of a train.