9 luxury cars seized from Bangkok homes in raid

Nine luxury cars worth more than Bt20 million (S$804,000) in total were seized from two Bangkok homes in raids led by the Crime Suppression Division on Tuesday, acting CSD chief Pol Maj-General Akkaradet Pimolsri announced yesterday.

He said police had yet to work out who the owners of the vehicles were as no registration details were available after an initial verification by the Land Transport Department, and no import documents were found in the houses.

Police are still trying to find out whom the vehicles were meant for and who had smuggled them into the country, he said.

The officer did not explain why the department had no registration details of the vehicles even though they all had red licence plates.

He only said the CSD would investigate to find the origins of the vehicles as well as details of who should be held responsible.

At a police press conference yesterday, the CSD acting chief said the raid had been prompted by tip-offs from residents nearby who noticed suspicious activities at the two houses in Wattana district, off Soi Charoen Jai and Soi Phatthanawet.

Akkaradet did not say whether anybody was in the premises during the raids.

The nine vehicles are a grey BMW 730Ld; a white Lexus RX 370; a grey Mercedes-Benz; a white BMW X6; two white Toyota Vellfires; a black Toyota Vellfire; a grey Nissan Fairlady Z; and a white BMW 5- Series.

There are two much-followed but unsolved cases involving luxury cars - one related to a large number of smuggled vehicles kept at the Customs Department going missing this year, and the other about a number of them catching fire while being transported in Nakhon Ratchasima in June last year.

Police have been silent over both cases.

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