Connect with us

Phuket

ATM cash thieves arrested in Phuket

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published

 on 

BANGKOK (Kom Chad Luek): Crime Suppression Division detectives announced at a press conference in Bangkok yesterday the arrest in Phuket on Wednesday of two Krung Thai Bank employees who allegedly stole a massive 28.8 million baht from ATM machines in the capital.

The suspects, identified as Chatchai Jongsirirat, 32, and Pichet Kraibutra, 29, were employed by Krung Thai Business Service Co. Their responsibilities included refilling ATM machines with cash.

On September 5, Krung Thai Bank representative Wisan Supasombatoran reported to police the loss of more than 28.8 million baht from the bank’s ATM accounts in Bangkok between August 23 and 25, the loss being discovered by the bank on August 27.

Upon learning of the loss, the finger of suspicion quickly pointed to Chatchai and Pichet. Not only did the two have access keys and passwords for the machines, but they had also stopped reporting to work and could no longer be contacted.

A team of Crime Suppression Police detectives led by Pol Col Chonasit Wattawarangkul managed to track the two suspects to a house in the government’s Keha Housing Project in Tambon Rassada, Phuket City, where they were arrested.

Police also recovered 6.4 million baht in cash found in the house and seized two cars and a notebook computer.

The two confessed to the crime and gave the names of two accomplices, both friends of Chatchai and local government officials in Phang Nga’s Takuatung District. They were identified as Arak “Dum” Mailaeiad, 30, headman of Village 1 in Tambon Krasome, and Somkiat Sonjai, 32, a member or the Tambon Krasome Council.

Police arrested the pair in Phang Nga on charges of receiving stolen property, and recovered 12.5 million baht that been stashed away in a 50-gallon fuel drum.

After their arrests, Chatchai and Pichet told police they had been stealing money from the ATM machines for a long time – though only in amounts of up to 10,000 baht a time – to cover gambling losses, credit card debts and personal expenses.

They put the cash into the ATM machines according to normal procedures, they explained, then went back later, while off-duty, to steal cash using their access to the machine.

They decided to make off with a big haul and escape to the South only after they learned they were to be transferred out of their positions servicing the ATM machines. They used part of the stolen cash to buy cars and gave much of it to Arak and Somkiat for safekeeping, they said.

All four suspects are are now being held in cells at the Rachada Criminal Court in Bangkok. They have been denied bail. Police and bank officials are trying to track down the rest of the missing money.

 

Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram

image

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand5 hours ago

Oct 1 reopening NOT confirmed, Kpop star sparks frenzy for Thai meatballs |Thailand News Today

Hua Hin7 hours ago

Final arguments Tuesday on dual pricing suit against Health Ministry

World8 hours ago

Texas lawyer dressed as Halloween’s Michael Myers to spread hurricane cheer

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Thailand8 hours ago

The Last Dance feat. Mike | Thaiger Bites | September 17

Thailand8 hours ago

No “October reopening” plan has been approved – CCSA

Thailand9 hours ago

Public Health Ministry defends October 1 reopening

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Coronavirus (Covid-19)9 hours ago

Friday Covid Update: 14,555 new cases; provincial totals

Crime9 hours ago

Torture and forced disappearances bills pass House vote 368-0

Bangkok10 hours ago

Bangkok Governor: NO reopening October 15 despite PM plans

Pattaya10 hours ago

Thai-Russian 4 year old girl drowns in Pattaya home pool

Phuket11 hours ago

New centre proposed to provide ATKs cheap at Phuket entrance

Thailand11 hours ago

Morning Top Stories | Covid Free setting, Pattaya bars might not open | September 17 |

Thailand11 hours ago

Thailand Daily Covid Update | Thursday, September 17 |

World11 hours ago

Foreign Minister Don to US for meetings with UN, ASEAN, more

Thailand12 hours ago

The Future of Medical Tourism in Thailand | Good Morning Thailand LIVE | Episode 91

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14 | Thaiger
Thailand3 days ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism7 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending