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WICHIT: A man armed with a pistol robbed a gold shop in broad daylight on Saturday, making off with 705 grams of gold valued at about 470,000 baht.

Pol Lt Somsak Thongklieng, Deputy Inspector with the Royal Thai Police, (Forensic Science Area 44 Office), based at Muang District Police Station, told the Gazette that shopowner Thippawan Limthongnopakhun, 31, and her employee Kanok Joosakul were alone in the store at the time of the robbery.

The site of the hold-up was the BR Gold Shop, at the entrance to the Villa Dawroong housing estate on Chao Fa West Rd.

“A large-framed man, aged about 25-30, wearing a black jacket, olive-green pants and a dark blue full-face motorcycle helmet rode a dark blue Honda motorbike without plates up to the store, parking about 10 meters away. He then went in and robbed the store at gunpoint, telling the staff they would not be harmed if they did what they were told,” Lt Somsak said.

He added that the man quickly snatched 27 gold necklaces from a display cabinet and put them into a shoulder bag.

The heist took just a few minutes, the thief making off with 20 two-bahtweight (30 gram) gold necklaces and seven 1-bahtweight (15g) necklaces.

Police do not have much information to work with in trying to track down the culprit.

“The store’s security camera stopped working a few days before the robbery, so we do not know what he looks like. All we can do is collect evidence and continue with our investigation. We have his fingerprints from the scene and descriptions of the gun and motorbike used,” Lt Somsak said.

“He was experienced. He left the motorbike engine running, committed the crime and rode off within minutes – too fast for police from Wichit [Subdistrict Police Station] to get there in time,” the police officer added.

“The CCTV was broken and the alarm connected directly to the police station was of no help; it happened too fast,” he expalined.

Lt Somask warned other Phuket gold shop owners to take every precaution to protect themselves.

“This hold-up should serve as a good example,” he said.

 

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For travellers to Phuket, testing is out, quarantine is in

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The on-again-off-again plans for testing people for Covid-19 as they arrive in Phuket will be replaced by quarantine after May 15, according to Vice Governor Piyapong Choowong’s latest announcement. In an online video broadcast last night, the vice governor confirmed the new scheme after Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew first mentioned it in an executive meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday.

There are now 25 provinces on the Phuket red zone list that they instated on April 22, with anyone arriving from those places required to have proof that they are either fully vaccinated or tested negative for Covid-19 within the last 72 hours. Without proof, people have to take a rapid antigen test to confirm they did not have Covid-19 before they would be allowed on the island. The test was first set to be 300 baht for everyone, and later controversially made free for Thai people and 500 baht for foreigners.

There had been some back and forth with budget concerns of being able to provide the mass testing and who would pay how much for continued testing. Perhaps requiring people to quarantine in Phuket is cheaper than testing them when they arrive (cheaper for Phuket officials anyway).

The original scheme was set to expire May 15, and announcements were made about extending the plan and stopping testing right away. For now, this debate seems to have settled on replacing the testing with a mandatory quarantine upon entering Phuket.

The vice-governor explained that the rapid antigen test will continue through May 14, and then starting May 15, anyone who arrives without a vaccine or a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arriving in Phuket will be required to quarantine for 14 days. They set a goal of zero new infections by the end of the next two weeks. And he stated they are committed to doing whatever it takes as “Phuket cannot continue with this risk”.

Speaking to The Phuket News… β€œWe want to send a sign to the country that we are cleaning up our province. The 3 vice governors [in Phuket] have been ordered to take care of each district by cooperating with local administration officers as well as community leaders to do proactive screening,”

After announcing the quarantine plan for Phuket, the vice governor spoke confidently that in the near future the island will have enough jabs to vaccinate every person on the island. Religious leaders from any faith are currently being vaccinated because of their general proximity to people during religious ceremonies and practices.

Vice Governor Piyapong pled with people with the people of Phuket who were on the fence about Covid-19 vaccinations, anti-vaxxers, or those otherwise resisting getting the jabs needed to reach herd immunity.

“If you are still deciding whether or not to get vaccinated, please come to get vaccinated”

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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