Pattaya Daily News

27 July 2012 :: 12:07:56 pm 65280

Shopper Turns Into Robber at Gold Store

A man spent three days looking at gold necklaces at a Central Pattaya gold shop before snatching two necklaces worth about 120,000 THB and escaping. He was quickly caught by the shop owner and nearby motorbike drivers-for-hire. Police were called and the man was arrested.
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PATTAYA – July 26, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]; At 8:10 p.m., Pol. Maj. Seksan Reuvate, inspector, Pattaya police station, Chonburi province, was notified that a thief had stolen gold necklaces from the Suwankorn gold shop at address 111/12, near the Best supermarket at the intersection of Central Pattya and Second Pattaya roads, Moo 9, Tambon Nong Preu, Amphur Banglamung, Chonburi province.

He rushed to the scene with Pol. Capt. Somchai Chaikananukul, Deputy Inspector and a police team. They found that the thief had been caught by the gold shop owner and others, and they were waiting about 300 meters from the gold shop on second Pattaya Road, near the Monthien hotel.

Restraining the thief was Ms. Atchara Hongsawong, 48, the owner of gold shop, assisted by several motorbike drivers-for-hire. The thief was identified as Mr. Dedie Anuchat Bupasiri, 35, from Sweden. The seized evidence included two gold necklaces: the first one 2 Baht necklace worth 48,000 THB, and the second one a 3 Baht necklace worth 73,200 THB.
The necklaces were in a light green handbag that also contained Buddha images, an ATM card, a room key, and envelopes which the thief was pretending had contained cash to pay for the jewelry.

The thief was taken to Pattaya police station for investigation and prosecution. Ms. Atchara told police that Mr. Dedie had visited her shop for three consecutive days, claiming to be shopping the gold necklace as a gift for his girlfriend at Nakornphanom province. He came alone and could speak English a little bit.

The first two days, he was looking around in the shop from the afternoon until 8 p.m. when the shop was closing. He then said his credit card could not be used, so he told Ms. Atchara he would return the next day with cash to buy the necklace.

Ms. Atchara became suspicious and remained alert when Mr. Dedie returned the next day. Wearing a red shirt, he asked to buy a 3 Baht and 2 Baht gold necklace. He also carried the envelops that he said contained cash, but actually had letters inside.

But Mr. Dedie still didn’t make any purchases and lingered until the owner prepared to close the shop.

Suddenly, Mr. Dedie grabbed the two gold necklaces and shoved them in his handbag and ran out the shop. Ms. Atchara and her younger sister chased him while shouting for help. Several nearby motorbike drivers-for-hire joined the chase.

While running, Mr. Dedie tried to conceal his identity by taking off his red shirt and wearing only a black waistcoat. But he was captured by his pursuers, and police were called.

Mr. Dedie confessed to the crime, and claimed to police that he was Swedish, but is actually Thai-Swedish because his mother is Thai. He claimed he was born and raised in Sweden, and lived there until recently. He said he was currently living in a rental room at Pattaya Beach, and the stolen necklaces were intended as a gift for his Thai girlfriend.

The police were skeptical of Mr. Dedie’s claims because of his sly behavior and elaborate preparations leading up to the necklace snatching. They suspect he may have been living in Pattaya for a long time and stolen other property, for which the police will investigate him further.

Police accused him of a “snatch and run away property” charge, and sent him to the investigation officer to prosecute further according to the law.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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