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Ammunition theft from naval base

The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has a tactic to address concerns related to a sizable missing of ammunition from a naval base in response to theft suspicions. The officer at the center of the allegations once had the rank of chief petty officer second class and was tasked with maintaining the arsenal at the Sattahip Naval Base in the province of Chon Buri. The navy decided to fire the officer after he had been gone without permission since July 5.

Adm Pokkrong Monthatphalin, the navy’s spokesman, made it clear that the navy is handling the case sternly and will not hold back on bringing disciplinary and legal action against the implicated.

The navy intends to recommend the accused officer’s dismissal to the Defense Ministry and request an arrest warrant from the military court in order to guarantee the officer is brought to justice. The officer’s identity is still unknown, according to the RTN spokeswoman.

Authorities discovered stolen cartridges during a July 19 inquiry at the suspect’s home, providing conclusive evidence of the officer’s illegal activity. Tens of thousands of M855 and M856 bullets for 5.56mm rifles and thousands of rounds for 40mm grenade launchers are among the stolen ammunition’s inventory.

According to Adm Pokkrong, the financial transactions connected to the thefts point to a pattern of illegal behavior that spanned a substantial amount of time. Additionally, the suspect purposefully cut off all lines of communication, suggesting that he may be hiding his location within the national jurisdiction.
According to recent reports from Chon Buri, police were able to take many lethal weapons and their ammunition from a Thai national. Even though the police gently entered the suspect’s home, the suspect quickly sped away into a neighboring woodland after becoming aware of their presence. The police then dispersed and pursued the suspect, but he or she was ultimately lost.


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