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30 August 2010 :: 14:08:22 pm 37129

Stolen Bank of Ayudhya ATM Found Abandoned in Sattahip

A Bank of Ayudhya ATM stolen from the Krachade Bank branch in Rayong last week was found abandoned in a farmer’s field in Sattahip on Sunday. The ATM contained over Bt4 million at the time of the robbery.
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Sattahip, the 29th of August 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: At approximately 2:00pm on Sunday, Lieutenant Saman Sripoon (Deputy Investigator with Huay Yai Police) was notified of the discovery of an abandoned ATM in a field in Sattahip. Identified as the Bank of Ayudhya ATM stolen in Rayong on the 27th of August, officers from Huay Yai Police Station and Rayong counterparts were dispatched to the scene to investigate.

Led by Lieutenant Colonel Prakop Saeng-Pring (Huay Yai Police Superintendent) officers discovered the damaged ATM laying abandoned in a field approximately 200 meters from the main road (route 331 Sattahip-Korat). The five denomination boxes from inside the ATM’s safe had been strewn within a 10-meter radius of the machine with all monies removed.

Initial investigations revealed the ATM to be in a fairly damaged state, showing signs of abuse to the monitor and dispenser tray. However, at present no indication has been given by authorities regarding the method used in opening the machines frontloading safe door, which appeared relatively unscathed at the scene. Forensic investigators have now been called to the incident to examine the machine for fingerprints or possible DNA evidence.

Mr. Chana Saithong [35], the owner of the farm, who reported the ATM’s discovery, explained that he had stumbled upon the machines presence while conducting a walk of his property on the 29th of August, when he notified police. He exclaimed that he had initially noticed something suspicious amongst the shrubs on the 28th of August but had not investigated it further until the proceeding day.

The Bank of Ayudhya ATM was stolen from the Krachade Branch in Rayong on the 27th of August at 3:00am. Police revealed that at least five offenders were involved in the heist and had driven a blue Isuzu pickup, identified on CCTV surveillance footage from the bank. Tire tracks found at the scene in Sattahip have allegedly been positively identified as matching those found at the bank in Rayong.

According to an official Bank of Ayudhya spokesperson, the ATM contained approximately Bt4.2 million at the time of the robbery, with police now appealing to any witnesses or citizens with knowledge of the gang or robbery to come forward and provide a statement to police.

Reporter : Wirraphun   Photo : Wirraphun   Category : Crime News

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