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31 October 2010 :: 19:10:04 pm 45136

Motorcyclists In Pattaya Gold Shop Heist

Two motorcyclists robbed a Banglamung goldsmith’s of Bt500,000’s worth of gold jewellery at gunpoint, before escaping. Crucial CCTV cameras were turned off, leaving only eye-witnesses to identify the culprits.
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Pattaya, 31 October 2010, [Pattaya Daily News]: the Por Srisuwan gold shop in Banglamung was subjected to a daring daylight robbery by two motorcyclists who stole jewellery to the value of half a million baht, earlier today, Oct31. The family-run business had been opened at 9am by the co-owner, Mrs. Rerai Chatraksa [43], whilst her husband and four children remained upstairs. Shortly after, two relatively tall men approached on a red-n-white Honda Click and parked nearby, the tallest entering the shop in the presence of shopping.

“The 170-175cm-tall, man, with shoulder-length hair and sporting a black jacket with jeans, asked to see a 50 Satang gold necklace, and minutes later his skinny accomplice, wearing dark sunglasses, a grey T-shirt and jeans, sidled up, put his foot over the electric floor sensor and entered the shop,” Mrs. Chatraksa told PDN.

“The first assailant then drew a gun, and approaching the goldsmith, pointed it at her head, and while taking her in an arm lock, swept the showcase clear of its 22 baht gold necklaces and bracelets, dropping a 1 baht gold necklace in the process,” Banglamung police spokesman Pol.Col. Somnuk Janket told PDN.

The pair had then apparently run from the shop and escaped on their motorbike in the direction of the Railway Road towards Chonburi, where police had later erected roadblocks to catch them, but to no avail.

“A flower-seller witness, Mrs. Pranee Khuankhanung [40], told us she’d seen the suspicious pair, whose identification matched that of Mrs. Chatraksa, earlier, apparently ‘casing’ the goldshop,” Pol.Lt. Col. Supphachat Piummanut, later told PDN. He also deplored the fact that the goldsmith’s CCTV camera had been turned off at the time, thus missing a valuable opportunity to identify the two suspects. However, police did have the CCTV footage from across the road to examine and were confident of identifying and apprehending the suspects, whom they suspected were local residents familiar with the goldsmith’s routines.

Reporter : Tanasab   Photo : Tanasab   Category : Crime News

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