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Police were waiting at the thief’s home after a bungled Bangkok gold shop robbery

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Note to aspiring gold thieves – leave your ID card at home before you head out for the robbery. One gold thief has learned the hard way after accidentally dropping his ID card in the gold shop as he was rushing to escape. The incident happened last Thursday at 11am at a gold shop inside the Tesco Lotus Phatthanakan.

Central Bangkok police were so efficient they were waiting for him before the thief could even get home.

The aspiring thief is a former food delivery driver who told police he had more debt than he could cope with and robbing the gold shop was “his only solution”.

Police say that the man walked into the gold shop asking to see gold necklaces. He was just looking at the necklaces on display but then abruptly ran out from the shop with 2 gold necklaces. The shop immediately notified Khlong Tan police. As soon as police arrived they saw that there was a Thai ID card on the floor in front of the display counter.

It didn’t take police long to find out the lodgings of our unlucky thief and were waiting for him when he arrived home. The 34 year old was promptly arrested at his home, not far from the mall. The suspect still had both necklaces on him when he arrived.

The gold shop owner told police that the man walked into the shop with a hat and a mask on and told one of the shop staff he was interested in buying 2 necklaces that weighed 1 baht each. The suspect then grabbed 2 necklaces and bolted out of the shopping centre through a staff entrance. Security guards couldn’t catch the robber before he jumped on his motorbike and fled the scene.

Police speculated that the man had used an exit only used by employees, “so he must’ve been a former employee or someone who knew the mall really well”.

Police say that the suspect was “pretty surprised to see the welcoming party”.

SOURCE: Thai Residents | Bright TV

 

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