Pattaya Daily News

06 May 2009 :: 11:05:27 am 9210

Pattaya – 3 Men Arrested For Jomtien Gold Shop Raid

On the 5th May 2009 Pattaya police announced the arrest of 3 men connected with the armed raid of a gold shop in Jomtien on 3rd May which netted a haul of nearly 5 million baht in gold chains.
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Police had already arrested Mr. Kasem Klindee [34], but he had denied any knowledge of the robbery or any association with Mr. Kamon Sangperm [36], another major suspect.

Further questioning of Mr. Kasem, together with information supplied by two of his relatives, Mr. Kai and Mr. Ort, both aged 11 years, further confirmed suspicions that he was one of the gang members. Witness testimonies also revealed the crime had been planned several days before.

Police consequently applied to the Pattaya court for warrants for the arrest of 3 suspects, Mr. Kasem, [34] Mr. Surachart Yodthong [27] and Mr. Kamon,[36].

 

Subsequent to the issuance of the warrants police were informed that Mr. Surachart wanted to surrender. He was arrested in the area of Don Muang airport. Meanwhile Mr. Kamon was arrested up country. The suspects were taken to the headquarters of the Region 2 police.

Police also searched a house in Bangkok where they found 7 large assault weapons and several rounds of ammunition, together with about 100 baht weight of gold chains.

Police Major General Pramot said the three suspects had confessed and that there were five men involved the robbing. The names of the other two men were withheld but police expect their arrest to be imminent. The three suspects in custody would be revealed to the media at 9.00 am on the 6th May.

Meanwhile, it was announced that an anonymous threat had been received by police at the Dongtan station on the evening of May 5th.

The call was received by the duty officer Police Corporal Pichanun kasembua who immediately reported to Superindentent Police Colonel Teerapol Jindaloung. A large number of police offers were ordered to protect the station and the nearby area.

According to Pol. Cpl. Pichanun, the caller said he was a friend of the gold robbers and that he and his gang were well armed and would carry out a revenge attack against the Dongtan police station within the next 10 minutes.

Patrols and check points were in operation for 2 hours before police returned to their routine duties, leaving a number of officers to protect the station.

Pol. Col. Teerapol Jindaloung, said the phone call was either from an associate or relative of the robbers or a hoax. Unfortunately there was no caller ID system installed on the police station’s mainline telephone.

Reporter : Jirrawat   Photo : Jirrawat   Category : Crime News

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