Pattaya Daily News

13 December 2010 :: 02:12:55 am 47574

Bag Snatching Youths Succesfully Captured By Volunteer

A police volunteer gave chase and succesfully captured two Thai men who had just snatched a bag from a Russian woman in Jomtien.
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Pattaya, 12 December 2010 (PDN): At 3.20am Pattaya Police Chief Inspector Major Colonel Suppharuek was notified that two young Thai men had snatched a bag from a Russian woman in front of the Sea Breeze Hotel, Jomtien Beach Road, Moo12, Nongprue, Banglamung. Fortunately a police volunteer managed to follow the offenders and captured them at the Sukhumvit Road / Soi Chaiyaphruk 2 intersection.

A police team was immediately dispatched to the scene where they found the victim, a visibily shaken Miss Elena [27], together with her boyfirend and 4 other friends, all Russian nationals, waiting to provide a statement to the police. Miss Elena said her bag had been snatched by two young men on a motorbike, and one of them had kicked her in the stomach when she tried to resist. Her bag contained an i-Phone, some cash and cosmetics.

The victim and friends were then brought to where the offenders had been caught to make a positive identification, and to return her bag with all its contents still intact. Miss Elena and her friends thanked the police for their swift action.

The suspects were identified as Mr. Thanaphol Agkhraphong [18] from Bangkok and Mr. Thotsaphol Changkhanat [20] from Banglamung. Their vehicle was a modified white Yamaha Mio motorbike. They confessed to the crime, explaining that Mr. Agkhraphong drove the motorbike and Mr. Changkhanat rode behide to snatch Miss Elena’s bag while she was walking along the side of the road. Mr. Changkhanat also admitted to kicking the victim when she put up a struggle and wouldn’t release the bag. They eventually grabbed the bag and made their getaway, only to be captured a short while afterwards by a police volunteer. The said they had resorted to crime simply to get some money to spend.

Later at the Dongtan Police Station police discovered that Mr. Agkhraphong was working with his parents nearby on Jomtien Beach selling food to tourists, and he had just recently been released from jail where he was serving time for theft. Both suspects were charged with aggravated theft and taken into custody for futher processing.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Crime News

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