Connect with us

Phuket

Gold-fraud gang hit Phuket

Published

 on 

PHUKET: A Kalasin man who pawned a fake gold necklace after his friend successfully swindled the same shop a day earlier has been arrested while his accomplices remain at large.

Police received a call from Tongmaneemas gold shop, in Rassada, at about 11:45am yesterday reporting that someone had attempted to pawn a fake two-baht weight gold necklace with a genuine piece-value of about 38,200 baht.

The shop owner, who asked to remain anonymous, told police that when he and his employees checked the gold necklace, they were able to determine that it was fake.

The shop staff apprehended the suspect, keeping him in the shop until the police arrived.

“We questioned the suspect – 29-year-old Sarawut Juksan – and he told us that he and five friends had checked into the Pimpraprai Place hotel on Tuesday June 30 and were to check out on Thursday July 2,” said Lt Surasak Pipitkul of the Phuket City Police.

“Mr Sarawut told us that one of his friends dropped him off at the shop to pawn the necklace. The friend then rode off to wait for him in the room. He was told to return on his own.”

Police took Mr Sarawut to the rented hotel room. However, his accomplices had checked out before their arrival.

Mr Sarawut confessed that an accomplice given the pseudonym ‘Korn’ had pawned another gold necklace at the same shop on Wednesday, receiving 30,000 baht cash which was then split among the six of them, explained Lt Surasak.

The gold shop owner explained that when he checked the first fake necklace, he had only focused on the joints, which were real gold.

“I kept the fake gold necklace pawned on Wednesday as evidence because I had initially only checked the joints, which were real gold. However, a thorough check later revealed that the rest was fake,” he said.

“As both gold necklaces are the same type I realized that they came from the same gang of thieves.”

Officers have identified the vehicle the gang is using and expect to make arrests soon.

Mr Sarawut was charged for attempted fraud, with pending charges of gang fraud once the other suspects are arrested, confirmed Lt Surasak.

— Kritsada Mueanhawong

 

Get more from The Thaiger

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:

Entertainment2 hours ago

Too much free time – Malaysian puzzler slices and dices Mr Potato Head

Crime2 hours ago

UPDATE: Polish men identified after assaulting Cambodian woman

Crime3 hours ago

Document forgers arrested in Chon Buri

Sponsored4 hours ago

St. Andrews International School, Green Valley, proud to achieve globally recognised Green Flag award

Phuket4 hours ago

Canadian hitman in Phuket killing moves closer to extradition

Thailand5 hours ago

The Ultimate Thrill & Chill, Day & Night Place in Phuket | Blue Tree Phuket

Video5 hours ago

Dancing to the rhythm of her own beat ft. Sophie Indracusin | Thaiger Podcast EP.15

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Crime22 hours ago

VIDEO: Thieves mess with the wrong gold shop owner in northern Thailand

Thailand23 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Immigration Police to Revise Visa Extension Criteria

Expats23 hours ago

Pattaya visa legend dies of cancer

Tourism23 hours ago

Transport officials expect tens of thousands of bus travellers in Thailand during three-day weekend.

Phuket24 hours ago

Chinese tourist found dead in Phuket

Crime24 hours ago

Overstaying former pro footballer arrested for hawking lottery tickets in Thailand

Thailand24 hours ago

Twitter investigation discovers mass censorship & blacklisting under previous regime

Thailand1 day ago

Brief history of the Japanese Onsen in Thailand

Patong1 day ago

Officials say no to floating lanterns and fireworks on Patong Beach

Thailand1 year ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Tourism2 years ago

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

Phuket2 years ago

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

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

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

Tourism2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Trending