Police arrest bag-snatching brothers, recover stolen items

PHUKET: Phuket City Police on Saturday night captured robbers who stole a bag from a Slovakian tourist at Phuket Downtown Fresh Market on Friday.

Riding a motorbike, the robbers snatched a bag from Domonkoso Vaniko, 28, after pulling up beside her.

It was initially believed that the suspects threatened their victim with a small hammer. However, it was revealed following their capture, that the pair used an axe (story here).

Police traced the two brothers, Somchai Buraphut, 29, and Sompong Buraphut, 20, to a house in Phuket Town with the help of CCTV footage and apprehended them on Saturday night.

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The two confessed to the crime after police raided their residence and found Ms Vaniko’s purse, a mobile phone, 5,000 baht in cash, a driving licence and the motorbike used in the robbery.

The brothers reportedly told police that they planned to use their ill-gotten gains for travelling.

Police charged the pair with committing theft at night and using a motor vehicle to commit a crime.

— Kritsada Mueanhawong

Phuket News

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