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Phuket “Minute Man’ bank robber re-enacts heist, gives advice to banks

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PHUKET: The Phuket “Minute Man” re-enacted both of his armed bank robberies, which he has confessed to, in front of police this morning after they tracked him down and arrested him late yesterday.

A reported 2.7 million baht was stolen in Anusit Kaewmookda’s latest Kasikorn Bank branch heist, and about 650,000 was stolen in the January 29 robbery at a KBank branch at the Tesco Lotus Chaofa shopping complex in Wichit.

At the press conference, also held this morning, Mr Anusit explained that he targeted the Kbank branch because there was no security guard on duty.

“I would like to advise every bank to have their own security guard stationed at every branch,” Mr Anusit said.

“I would also like to advise bank owners and bank employees that anytime your bank is robbed or you are in a ‘robbery situation’, you should just run away. If you run away, the robber will not get the money and I believe that a bank robber has no intention of killing anyone,” he said

Mr Anusit also dispelled the widespread speculation that an “inside man” had played a role in the heist. “I committed the robbery completely alone,” he said.

He explained to the press that he had scouted out the KBank location ahead of time, and had even made a withdrawal at the branch.

“I noticed that if a counter didn’t have enough money to cover a withdrawal, then the teller would go to counter number one, which is how I knew which counter to rob,” he explained.

The gun Mr Anusit used during the robbery was one he found about five years ago, when he was helping a friend move during the floods in Bangkok, he told police.

Most of the 649,000 baht Mr Anusit got away with in the first heist was used to cover outstanding gambling debts and the costs of a “big” motorcycle, Mr Anusit said.

“The rest I squandered,” he told police.

“I robbed the second KBank branch because I needed 20,000 baht to cover my gambling debts,” he said.

The gambling debts were accrued through illegal lottery purchases and gambling on football, he added.

Royal Thai Police Advisor Gen Rachata Yensuang thanked all the officers on Phuket who had participated in catching Mr Anusit.

“And thanks to everyone who gave us information that eventually led to the man’s arrest,” Gen Rachata Yensuang added.

Phuket Police chief Maj Gen Choti Chavaviwat said that the reward money (100,000 baht provided by the Phuket Police and 100,000 provided by KBank) would be divided among those who had made a significant contribution to the capture of Anusit.

“We have the names and contact information for everyone in the public who made a significant contribution,” said Maj Gen Choti.

“Anyone thinking about committing a crime in Phuket, be aware that it will not be easy to get away with. We have capable police officers, Phuket residents and a strong network that is always prepared to take immediate action against perpetrators, he said.

“Anusit has been charged with armed robbery of the bank, illegally carrying a firearm, and using a vehicle to escape the scene of the crime,” he added.

— Kritsada Mueanhawong

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The first group of tourists to arrive under Thailand’s new Special Tourist Visa scheme are expected to land in Phuket on October 8. The Bangkok Post reports that a flight from Guangzhou in southern China will carry 120 tourists, who will spend their first 14 days in alternative state quarantine. They are reported to be travelling under the government’s new STV.

Arrivals who do not pass the initial health screening will be transferred to specially chosen hospitals, as “Patients under Investigation”. Those who do pass the screening will be transported to alternative state quarantine once they’ve gone through immigration processing.

A Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration spokesperson says the resort islands of Phuket and Koh Samui will be the first to welcome travellers under the Special Tourist Via scheme. He pointed out that Guangzhou has not recorded any new cases of the Covid-19 virus for a prolonged period, meaning next week’s tourist arrivals are deemed “low risk”. His assertion is confirmed from the official figures at worldometer.info website recording world Covid-19 cases.

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Thiravat Hemachudha from the Thai Red Cross Emerging Infectious Disease Health Science Centre is not opposed to the idea.

“We can study this with foreign visitors who will arrive next month. During the 14 day quarantine they will be tested on the first, the seventh and the fourteenth day. If they are free of infections, we can shorten the quarantine to 7 days.”

However, not all are in agreement, with a doctor from Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University cautioning against any shortening of the quarantine period.

Meanwhile, Phuket governor, Narong Woonsiew, says the province is ready to welcome the new arrivals, with Covid-19 labs in place at Phuket airport, and officials due to carry out a full dress rehearsal today.

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Woman arrested for abandoning newborn baby on a bench in Phuket

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Police tracked down and arrested a Burmese woman who allegedly left her newborn baby on a bench in Phuket’s Patong area last week. The mother faces charges of abandoning a baby.

The newborn was left in a reusable shopping bag on a bench behind a Krungthai Bank branch. A woman in the area heard the baby crying and found the newborn in the bag along with a bottle of milk, diapers and clothing. Police reviewed surveillance camera footage shows a woman, police later identified as Ei Ei Phyu, leaving the bag on the bench.

Police say the woman gave birth on September 9 at a local hospital in Surat Thani’s Phun Phin district. Ei Ei allegedly took a van from Surat Thani to Phuket on September 22 and stayed with a friend in Patong. The early the next morning, she allegedly left her baby on the bench before boarding a bus back to Surat Thani.

Burmese workers in the Patong area told police Ei Ei used to work at a local Indian food restaurant before she moved to Surat Thani to work as a rubber tapper. Ei Ei allegedly told police she is not in the position to raise a child.

In earlier reports, police said the baby is healthy and does not appear to have any injuries.

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Phuket police arrest 6 after finding large amounts of methamphetamine in raid

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Phuket Provincial Police have arrested 6 people after finding large amounts of methamphetamine and other drugs during a raid. One suspect alone allegedly had 7.6 kilograms of crystal meth (ya ice) and over 12,500 methamphetamine pills (ya bah). 29 year old Surasak ‘Bank’ Wijit and 27 year old Panida ‘Mei’ Saeyang were arrested at an apartment car park in Soi Lookkaew, Moo 6, Rassada, in eastern Phuket, after they were found in possession of the drugs.

Police also found 2 mobile phones and a red Honda PCX, registered in Phuket, as evidence. Both suspects have been charged with posessing a Category 1 drug with the intent to sell.

Other suspects arrested at the same time include 36 year old from Chiang Rai, 42 year old Sarawut ‘An’ Srichanon, from Ranong and 31 year old Pornthep ‘Iew’ Thepchampa, who were charged with the same crimes in Chalong after police found more drugs in their possession. 33 year old Kamon ‘Kung’ Sae-ngow, was arrested as well after police found kratom juice and leaves at a house in Rassada. He was taken to Phuket City Police station and was charged with a Category 5 drug possession.

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