A gold necklace snatcher who claimed he was jobless was arrested by Pattaya police after only four hours of fleeing.
Pol. Col. Kullachart Kullachai, chief of police of the Pattaya Police Station, yesterday, August 4th, arrested a 30-year-old man, Theeramate Rasameduen, after he allegedly snatched a gold necklace from a Thai woman who was walking on Soi Buakhao 15 with her foreign boyfriend.
According to reports, Theeramate, who was driving a motorbike, snatched a gold necklace from the victim and fled, but he was arrested at his residence only four hours after the victim reported the crime to Pattaya police.
Theeramate reportedly confessed to his crime, claiming that he did it on a sudden impulse because he was stressed and running short on money due to being jobless. “I want to apologize to the victim. I am at a dead end and do not know what to do,” the suspect told Chief of Police Kullachart. He also claimed that he accidentally dropped the necklace along the way and did not know where it was.
However, Chief police Kullachart reportedly looked into the suspect’s criminal record and found that he had committed two similar crimes in 2012 and 2016 in the Laem Chabang and Pattaya areas, respectively. As of press time, the suspect is in police custody to await legal proceedings.
TPN notes that there have been many alleged gold snatching incidents in the area recently, mostly against Indian tourists.