Pattaya Daily News

10 June 2010 :: 11:06:04 am 24593

Colombians & American Collude in Bt12 Million Bangkok Heist

Three foreigners have been arrested in the south of Thailand on Wednesday, following police investigations into the theft of Bt12 million from a Thaimart vehicle in Bangkok last Friday.
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Bangkok, the 10th of June 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: One American and two Colombians were arrested on Wednesday for the suspected theft of Bt12 million from a Thaimart vehicle parked in front of the Krung Thai Bank headquarters in Bangkok.

The trio had allegedly pulled up in the carpark before proceeding to smash through the rear window of the parked Thaimart vehicle and lift the money from within. Initially they had been tracked to a hotel in Bangkok which had been reserved in the American mans name as his two Colombian partners are already wanted criminals in Thailand.

The Thaimart employee responsible for the cash had been taking approximately Bt5 million of the stores money into the bank at the time, returning to find the rear window of his pickup broken and a bag containing a further Bt12 million in cash missing. The Bt12 million had belonged to a foreign currency trader known as Super Rich.

Deputy Commissioner of the Central Investigation Bureau police Major General Panya Mamen said that a joint investigation involving local and national police had located the fugitive suspects hiding in the southern province of Krabi, having initially travelled down from Bangkok into Trang.

The resultant police raid only uncovered an amount of Bt200,000 in cash. It is now believed that a forth man was responsible for transporting up to Bt11 million across the border and is suspected to have already left the country.

Police stated that the Colombians had counterfeited passports to enter Thailand before committing crimes such as jewellery shop heists, house robberies and similar vehicle orientated thefts.

At present the three suspects vehemently deny the charges being levelled against them despite one of the Colombians having been captured on CCTV footage at the Krung Thai Bank carpark. The trio have now been relocated to the Bangkok Immigration Bureau where they will undergo further interrogation.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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