Pattaya Daily News

20 January 2009 :: 22:01:49 pm 9694

Mastermind Behind Pattaya Security Truck Heist Surrenders To Police

The man who planned a security truck heist which took place in Pattaya in December last year is now in police custody. He had been hiding near the border in southern Thailand.
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He is responsible for the robbery of 5 million Baht from a Samco Co. security truck on 28th December, 2008, while it was delivering money to the Siam Commercial Bank ATM at the PTT petrol station in Pattaya. 

On 29th December, the Crime Suppression Department accompanied by Chonburi Commander In Chief Police Major General Bundit Kunnajak and a team of professional detectives managed to arrest three suspects : Mr. Peerapong or Tom Jiarania [32] a former employee of the Samco Co., Mr. Somyos Thongpriew [31] and Mr. Charin Pun-ngern [25] an employee of Samco Co. who all confessed to their involvement.

The man who organized the robbery, Mr. Bancha Gosee [36], from Bangkok, and another two friends managed to escape with the money.

From further investigation, the Banglamung Police Superintendent, Police Colonel Somnuek Junket, presumed that there must be around 7-8 people involved with this case. He believed that the rest of the suspects were attempting to leave the country through the Aranyapratet border.

The latest update is that today [20 January 2009], at 01.00 pm, Mr. Bancha Gosee, the main suspect police had been searching for, had surrendered to Pol.Maj.Gen. Am-nuoy Nimmano, the Deputy Commissioner of Bangkok Police.

Mr. Bancha confessed that he planned the robbery but he had taken only 200,000 Baht, not 5 Million Baht as mentioned in the news. He explained that after the robbery he had been hiding near the border in the southern part of Thailand.

He was frightened and concerned that he might be extra judicially killed by the police. He had also run out of money and sought help from his family to contact the Commissioner General to surrender himself.

           He denied being addicted to drugs or gambling as the police assumed and as claimed by his friends. He was plainly in need of money because his income from his previous job as an architect and constructor had suddenly decreased and he had a family with children to take care of.

          When asked why he chose to rob the Samco Co. he told police that the company had a careless security system. They had a policy that staff should never take any risks or commit an offence if they were attacked.

Bangkok’s deputy commissioner noted that Samco Co. had been robbed before at Jorakae Noi Police Station area in Bangkok. This robbery was planned by the company staff and he made a strong recommendation that the company improve their security procedures and that they could request help from the police at any time.
 

Eventually, Mr. Bancha was transferred to Banglamung police station where Police Superintendent Colonel Somnuek Junket will question him for more information and continue the search for the remaining suspects and bring them to justice.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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