Lumphini Police arrested an illegal Cambodian transwoman after she stole a gold necklace worth about 30,000 baht from a Singaporean man last night by pretending to greet and hug the victim while he was walking near Asok BTS Station in Bangkok.
The official Facebook page of Lumphini Police Station reported today that they arrested a 36 year old illegal Cambodian transwoman named Kinkon. Upon frisking Kinkon, officers found that she had entered the country illegally and did not have any personal documents. However, they did not find any other illegal items.
The victim, a 52 year old Singaporean tourist named Koh Kuan Yong Andy, reported that he and his Thai friend, Yutthana Inthachai, were walking on the roadside under the Asok BTS Station, near Soi Sukhumvit 17, when Kinkon approached them. She pretended to greet and hug him before snatching his gold necklace and fleeing.
Andy and his friend chased after Kinkon and managed to catch her. They retrieved the necklace and notified officers at Lumphini Police Station.
Kinkon was charged with Section 336 of the Criminal Law: whoever commits theft by snatching shall be punished with imprisonment up to five years and a fine of up to 100,000 baht. The charge against her illegal stay in Thailand had not been reported.
This case is reminiscent of a similar incident that occurred in April last year when a Thai transwoman snatched a foreign man’s gold necklace by pretending to hug him while he was walking along the Sukhumvit Road. The victim did not notice the theft until he rechecked a selfie video and spotted the transwoman stealing his asset.
The transwoman was later arrested at her dormitory in the Samut Prakarn province near Bangkok. She confessed to selling the necklace to a gold shop in Soi Charoenkrung 28 for 26,000 baht and using the money on her gambling debt and daily living expenses.
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