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Bangkok heist nets gold ornaments valued at 5.6 million baht

Caitlin Ashworth

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Police are searching for a man who allegedly robbed a Bangkok gold shop at gunpoint, stealing gold ornaments valued around 5.6 million baht. The man allegedly pointed a gun at employees, forcing them to hand over 3 trays of gold ornaments.

The Yaowarat Krungthep shop is located at the entrance of Tesco Lotus in Bangkok’s Lat Phrao district. Since the shop is near the building’s entrance, it was easy for the alleged robber to escape and drive off on a motorcycle, according to Chokechai police.

The selling price for the gold ornaments are 28,350 per piece, according to the Gold Traders Association. Altogether, it’s estimated the alleged robber ran off with about 5.6 million baht worth of gold.

Police are reviewing the shop’s surveillance camera footage as well as video from outside the Tesco Lotus and nearby roads. Deputy police chief Suchart Theerasawat says they have a lead on the suspected robber, but are fact checking evidence before making an arrest.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Maag

    Monday, September 28, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    Should they catch him quickly , and find him a space in jail !

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    Ryan Lih

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 8:57 am

    As the Thai economy is failing and govt assistance did not get thru to the needy, they resort to these extreme measures eg. gold heist, scams, drugs, and if all else doesn’t work, suicide rates will continue to rise. There’s no point in criticizing the government. It’s just that the citizens must endure during this difficult time. The socio-economic impact will affect its citizens for the many years to come unless something drastically is done. This goes for all nations on this earth battling this pandemic. Leaders must step-up or face a lot of backlash.

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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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