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Pattaya Daily News

16 October 2012 :: 16:10:30 pm 67492

Russian Couple Captures Thai Purse Snatcher

A Russian couple with the help of bystanders caught a 35-year-old Thai man on a motorbike who tried to snatch the woman’s handbag near Soi Pattaya Park. The couple fought the man, whose bike fell to the ground as he tried to escape. Bystanders helped capture the thief.
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PATTAYA – October 15, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]; at 2:30 a.m., a report of a purse-snatching thief being caught by the victimized couple was received by Pol. Col. Thammanoon Munkong, Superintendent, Pattaya police station. He rushed to the scene together with Pol. Maj. Seksan Reuvate, Inspector; and the police team.

The incident occurred near a 7-Eleven shop near Soi Pattaya Park, Moo 12 Tambon Nong Preu, Amphur Banglamung, Chonburi province.

When police arrived at scene, they found the bystanders with the victimized Russian couple, identified as Mrs. Svetlana Krylova, age 27, and Mr. Anton Krylova, age 25. The bystanders had assisted the couple to capture the thief.


The suspect was identified as Mr. Jongrak Seesith, age 35, living at address 77/2 Moo 8 Tambon Nong Krod, Amphur Muang Nakorn Sawan, Nakorn Sawan province. Mr. Jongrak is reportedly an employee of a Pattaya printing factory.

Police seized the evidence that included a motorbike driven by the suspect, a black-pink Yamaha Feno motorbike, license number JOR NGOR KHOR-801 Chonburi. Police also recovered the handbag of the victim, which contained a camera, 600 THB cash, 2 mobile phones, cosmetics and some personal documents.

The police coordinated with the rescue officer of Sawangboribul Pattaya to perform first aid for Ms. Svetlana, who had gotten injured while fighting with the thief. Police then restrained the suspect and evidence, and brought the victim to be investigated at Pattaya police station.

The victim said that while she was walking along the soi where the incident occurred, the thief rode his motorbike alongside her and tried to pull her handbag away. But she resisted and shouted to her husband to assist her. Both of them tried to get their handbag back from the thief, who also beat the couple as he tried to hold on to her handbag.


The thief then tried to ride his motorbike to escape, but fell down on his bike only a few seconds later. Nearby there were group of Russian tourists and local Thais, so they rushed over to assist the victims and helped capture the thief. While he was being arrested by police, the captured suspect shouted that he did not snatch the handbag of the victims and resisted and fought against the officers. However, the victims and witnesses confirmed to police that he was the purse snatcher, so then he confessed to his crime.

During questioning, the suspect said that while he was passing the Russian woman, he wanted to get the properties inside her handbag, so he grabbed at her bag. But he could not escape with her bag because the victim had resisted and fought against him. Police checked the suspect’s history found that he had been previously arrested on drug charges, and that he was presently still smoking ganja.

The police charged the suspect with snatching and running away with another person’s property and using a motorized vehicle for his convenience to escape and transport the property. Then the police brought the suspect to be investigated further regarding his criminal history, and sent him to be prosecuted according to the law.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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