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27 March 2008 :: 12:03:22 pm 11674

Attempted Pattaya Snatch-And-Grab Foiled By Alert Victim

On March 26, 2008, at about noon, in Pattaya, a motorbike taxi driver and his wife made an impromptu attempt to snatch the gold necklace of another young woman motorcyclist riding by, but the intended victim retaliated by kicking the would-be-robbers‘ bike, causing both drivers to lose control of their machines. The wife, riding pillion, fell off, while her husband recovered momentum and beat a hasty retreat, leaving his wife to face the music.
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Pattaya Police and the Sawang Boriboon Rescue Team, responding to the notification of an attempted snatch- and-grab, which also involved injuries, turned up at the incident, in front of Soi Doo Dee, Pattaya 3rd Road to find a crowd of onlookers surrounding three women, two of whom had sustained minor injuries.

After questioning the first two women, police ascertained that they had been riding a motorcycle when the other woman seated nearby and her husband had attempted an unsuccessful snatch-and-grab. The motorcycle driver-victim, Miss Benjawan Mahantasanaphong (24), from Prasart, Surin province, had sustained a knee injury and many scrapes to her body, while her pillion rider friend had a minor injury. Both of them were taken to Banglamung Hospital for treatment.

Ten metres away, traffic police had detained Mrs. Sureeporn Sukang (34), from Dontan, Mukdaharn province, one of the suspects. Mrs. Sureeporn confessed that she and her husband, Mr. Surin In-Abpai (30) a motorbike taxi driver from Ladyao, Nakornsawan province, had seen Miss Benjawan wearing a 7.5 gram gold necklace, riding along with a friend in the direction of South Pattaya. Under the misapprehension that police arrest rates were low and that they could get away scot-free, Mrs. Sureeporn attempted to grab the necklace from around Miss Benjawan’s neck. However, the alert Miss Benjawan’s launched a kick at her would-be-robbers, causing both bikes to fall to the ground in the process. Mr. Surin, however, was as quick to respond as his intended victim, recovered his bike and abandoning his wife, sped off to safety.

Mrs. Sureeporn has already been arrested and police hope to arrest her husband imminently.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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