Pattaya Daily News

19 June 2010 :: 11:06:59 am 25898

Mini-Mart Robber Arrested After Jomtien 7-Eleven Heist

Pattaya police apprehended a suspected mini-mart robber and a car full of merchandise after he and a gang of thieves raided the Hanuman 7-Eleven store in Jomtien on Saturday morning.
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Pattaya, the 19th of June 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: At approximately 00:30am on Saturday, Lieutenant Colonel Klitsakorn Thongin (Pattaya Police Deputy Superintendent) was notified by Miss Chatchanok Kaewbuttree [32], assistant manager of the Hanuman Curve 7-Eleven branch, that a robbery had just taken place. She explained that a gang of 5 thieves had just stolen several items from the store and fled in a gold Toyota Corona towards the Sukhumvit road.

Local police and volunteers were immediately dispatched to pursue the thieves up Soi Mitchaibancha, a back route to the Sukhumvit Road, successfully stopping the suspect vehicle which was travelling through the back soi’s with the lights turned off.

Approaching the vehicle, police arrested one occupant, Mr. Phakorn Krauphasit [60], in possession of approximately Bt100,000 in suspected stolen goods. Present in the vehicle were numerous bottles of whiskey, wine, cartons of cigarettes, packaged foods and personal care items. The other members of the gang were suspected to have been dropped off before police were able to stop the vehicle.

Initially Mr. Krauphasit denied that the items were stolen from various mini-marts in the area, stating that he was a delivery man transporting the goods to local stores for sale. Police were reluctant to believe Mr. Krauphasit’s story, confiscating over 100 items before escorting him to the Pattaya Police Station for further investigation.

Follow-up investigations with Miss Kaewbuttree, 7-Eleven assistant manager, revealed that a gang of 5 thieves (3 females and 2 males) had come into the store and stolen 5 boxes of powdered milk before escaping in the aforementioned vehicle. One of the male offenders reportedly had a prosthetic leg.

At present, police have remanded Mr. Krauphasit in custody after charging him for the theft at the Jomtien 7-Eleven. Investigations will continue in an attempt to apprehend the remaining 4-5 thieves whilst police will also seek to find out the origin of the massive haul of merchandise found in Mr. Krauphasit’s car.

Reporter : Jirrawat   Photo : Jirrawat   Category : Crime News

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