UPDATE: Suspect who dropped his mobile phone after allegedly snatching gold in Chonburi arrested in Chiang Mai

PHOTO: Wisarn Sangjaroen / Top News

Chonburi –

A forgetful suspect who dropped his mobile phone while he was running away after he allegedly snatched gold items worth almost 200,000 baht from a gold shop at a shopping mall in the Don Hualor sub-district over the past weekend has been arrested in Chiang Mai on Tuesday(October 12th).

Previously, the Don Hualor Police were notified of the incident at 7:30 P.M. on Sunday, October 10th at a gold shop in a shopping mall. Our original article about the incident is below.

Suspect drops mobile phone while escaping after allegedly snatching gold worth almost 200K from shop in Mueang Chonburi mall

A reenactment of the crime was held at the gold shop in question in a Don Hualor shopping mall yesterday morning (October 13th).

The Region 2 Police Commander Lieutenant General Thiti Sangsawang told TPN media “The suspect, Mr. Wayu (last name not released by law enforcement), 25, was a former football player of a Thai university. He is a Roi-et local, from the northeast of Thailand.”

“We tracked him down from his mobile phone that he dropped at the mall while fleeing after the crime. He was arrested at a bus station in Chiang Mai.” Lieutenant General Thiti stated to TPN media.

“We have seized several items from him worth almost 60,000 baht and an additional 73,000 baht cash from other gold items he admitted to having already sold. He is facing multiple charges of theft in relation to the incident.” Lieutenant General Thiti concluded.

Mr. Wayu stated to the press at the reenactment “I have student loans from college and online gambling (Baccarat) debts worth about 500,000 baht. I didn’t want to ask for money from my parents. The pressure from both organizations asking for money from me was becoming unbearable and I have been unable to find steady employment due to the Covid-19 pandemic in Thailand.”

“I walked in the mall for two hours before I decided to rob the gold shop. I was so nervous it caused me to drop my phone while running away. I have never done anything like this before and am not a professional thief. I knew then I was going to get caught but attempted to flee to Chiang Mai, thinking they might not find me so far away.” Wayu stated.

“I want to warn others to stay away from any gambling at all because you will lose almost everything,” Wayu concluded.

Wayu has reportedly admitted to all charges against him and remains in police custody awaiting official court judgment.

PHOTO: Wisarn Sangjaroen / Top News

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Goong is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for closing in on two years. Specializes primarily in local news for Pattaya and Phuket, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket except when commuting between the two.