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26 January 2008 :: 14:01:20 pm 12107

Great Police Work Results In Nabbing Of Million Baht Robbers In Only Eight Hours

After winning money gambling, a Thai woman was robbed of almost one million baht. Police apprehended the perpetrator within eight hours. The suspect was already facing a ten year jail term on an unrelated murder case.
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Pattaya – On 25 January 2008, at 7:30am, Pattaya Police Inspector, Police Lieutenant Colonel Chaiporn Thongnapien, was notified that a robbery, at gunpoint, had taken place at Ladangkul Apartment, 175/50-60, Moo 10, Soi Gor Pai 7, South Pattaya, Nongprue, Banglamung. A police team rushed to the scene where they found Mrs. Poonsup Taworn (36), address 115/2 Moo 9, Wangtachang Grabinburi, and her brother Mr. Pairoj Taworn (42), in a distressed condition, waiting for them.

Mrs. Poonsup explained that her American husband, who works on a ship, sends her about 50,000 baht every month. On this day (25 January), she had withdrawn 800,000 baht from the bank, which she planned to bring home in order to buy a piece of land in her home village. She had planned to leave Pattaya with her brother on 26 January 2008.

Mrs. Poonsup continued that she and her brother decided to go to a “running casino” in the Banglamung area. (A running casino changes its location, daily, so as to avoid police detection. Regular gamblers are informed as to the various locations.) After winning 100,000 baht from gambling, Mrs. Poonsup and her brother drove their Toyota pickup truck back to the apartment.

As they were walking up to the second floor, they were accosted by a man who was wearing sunglasses and a hat. The man approached Mrs. Poonsup and pointed a gun at her waist and demanded her shoulder bag, which contained 855,000 baht, a one hundred pound bank note and an ATM card for a bank account that contained 2.2 million baht; and a mobile phone. The robber fled on the back a red and white Yamaha Fino motorbike, which was ridden by a young woman who was waiting for the robber on the road, with the engine running. After giving up her bag, Mrs. Poonsup realized that she had seen the perpetrator before, when he picked up his girlfriend at the gambling place in the Banglamung area.

Later, on the same day, at 3pm, Superintendent, Police Colonel Noppadol Wongnom, and his team, arrested Mr. Boonrod (Rod) Tahmasana (29), originally from 218 Moo 1, Hin Gong, Roiet, and Miss Prisna Narod (19), from Kanghangmaaw, Chantaburi Province, at Mr. Boonrod’s mother’s food store on Sukhumvit Road, opposite Underwater World, Moo 12, Banglamung.

Police searched Mr. Boonrod’s room and found 797,720 baht, in cash, and a hundred pound bank note in a brown bag under his pillow. They also retrieved a fully loaded, automatic .38 super and six bullets. Police confiscated all the evidence, including the Yamaha motorbike. The couple was taken to the police station. Police summoned Mrs. Poonsup to the station to identify the suspects and her stolen property. Mrs. Poonsup found that 57,000 baht in cash was missing.

The perpetrator, Mr. Boonrod, explained that he and Miss Prisna were formerly married. They knew Mrs. Poonsup because they used to gamble at the same locations. On the morning of 25 January, they observed that Mrs. Poonsup had large winnings and also was carrying a large amount of money. They followed her, robbed her money and hid at his mother’s place.

 
Mr. Boonrod said he needed the money in order to close a court case, in which he was accused of shooting Mr. Reung Baan Tech two years ago. He had been sentenced to ten years in prison, but was currently out on bail. Mr. Boonrod explained that he had spent a large amount of money trying to defend himself in that case..

Police Colonel Noppadol Wongnom, Superintendent, stated that the present crime was very serious. Police ordered Mr. Boonrod to return the missing 57,000 baht which was sent to his mother, and a relative. Mr. Boonrod will be denied bail, this time.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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