Pattaya Daily News

01 December 2010 :: 13:12:33 pm 46916

Staff Terrorised As Two Gunmen Raid 7-11 Store

2 gunmen threatened staff and stole cash from a Seven Eleven minimart in Nongplalai, Banglamung, making their getaway on a motorbike.
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Pattaya, 1 December 2010 (PDN): At approximately 03.20 am Banglamung Police were notified of a robbery at a Seven Eleven mini mart in front of Atthaphorn Village’s entrance, Soi Nongketyai, Moo9, Nongplalai, Banglamung. A team of officers under the leadership of Deputy Superintendent Lieutenant Colonel Supphachut Piummanat was dispatched to investigate.

  

At the scene, four staff members (3 male and 1 female) were awaiting their arrival in a clearly frightened state. One of the staff, Mr. Thanakhom Kasemsuk [24], stated that before the incident occurred, he and some colleagues were working on the shelves while a female member of staff was taking care of the cashier counter.

Suddenly two men came into the shop, both carrying guns. One man was wearing a white T-shirt and dark jacket with jeans and had covered his face with a red cloth. The other suspect was wearing a blue jacket with jeans, and a white cloth covering his face.

The first man approached the group of male staff, including Mr. Kasemsuk and Mr. Witchakorn Khonprem [29], pointed the gun at them and forced them into the back of shop. At the same time, the second man had threatened the cashier,  Miss Waranya Sornthongkham [20], with a gun and ordered her to open the cash drawer. Miss Sornthongkham told him she couldn’t because she didn’t have the key.

  

Subsequently the suspect shouted to his friend who was in the back of the store to drag Mr. Khasemsuk out to the front. The suspects then ordered him to unlock the drawer instead. When Mr. Kasemsuk refused, saying he had no key, one of the men put the gun to his head and threatened to kill him.

He then fired a shot at the CCTV video screen, at which point Mr. Kasemsuk opened the money drawer, allowing the suspects to collect the cash and make their getaway on a motorbike parked behind the store.

After the robbers had left, a very distressed Miss Sornthongkham immediately notified the police and their branch supervisor, who ordered that reporters should not take pictures inside the store, as was company policy.

  

At that time of night the store was usually quiet and there were no other witnesses to the robbery. The staff believe that the suspects had surveyed the store carefully before carrying out the raid, and their profiles seemed to match some customers who shopped there regularly.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Piummanat remarked that it seemed the two suspects had planned the raid to occur when there were as few witnesses as possible. The CCTV footage from the store would be examined to try and track down the suspects.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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