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3 men arrested for allegedly stealing more than 700,000 baht from an ATM machine

Caitlin Ashworth



PHOTO: Thai Residents

Thai police arrested 3 men who allegedly broke open an ATM and ran off with more than 700,000 baht in cash. The men allegedly used a gas torch to melt and cut through the metal of a Siam Commercial Bank ATM outside a CJ convenience store in Prachinburi.

The men allegedly burned the keyhole and cut a square on the back of the ATM. They allegedly grabbed 758,900 baht and left 2,218 baht in the ATM.

In a re-enactment of the crime, a typical practice in Thai law enforcement, 50 people watched the suspects show how they broke into the ATM machine. Police say the suspects, Somnuek Janchom, Thanajit Potila, and Nopparat, all admitted to the crime.

Somnuek, told reporters that he worked as air conditioner technician and installed units in shopping malls, but he lost his job during the coronavirus pandemic and was thousands of baht in debt.

“After the pandemic started I became unemployed. As a result, I owe 360,000 to a loan shark. I tried to ask for loans from banks but it didn’t work out.”

To get money fast he decided to steal from an ATM, he told reporters. He started looking around for ATM machines that were in quiet areas. Somnuek says he got his relatives to help break open the machine.

SOURCE: Thai Residents


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    Stefan Svensson

    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    A clear sign of where we can be headed. If there are no tourists this year, it’s over. Will many of any tourists who are robbed, apply first and foremost to those who are expats, unless their wives have already stolen everything. Good luck to Thailand

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      Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 5:02 pm

      Oh dear. The crime rush has been on since last June. Another windbag.

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    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 6:14 pm

    Don’t think I would put them down as master mind criminals 2021 and they are using a blow torch. 555

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      Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 10:32 pm

      In more advanced countries like mine they use explosives. It’s even so bad that they removed ATM’s from residential buildings because it became really dangerous to live there.

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    James Pate

    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 6:50 pm

    I had no idea that an ATM could hold 700,000 baht! “Honey! Where did you put my old torch?!?”

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    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 12:35 am

    They use job diggers in .uk take the lot

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    Jowen Yu

    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    Well since it’s lockdown here from 8pm to 5am, There’s a couple of people that used a pickup truck and attached it from the hitch to the ATM and drag it on the street ? At least the road was a bit better due to the city not clearing the snow. Win win situation lol..

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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