Pattaya Police were finally able to catch all alleged fugitive robbers against Chinese tourists at a border spot in the Sa Kaeo province, Eastern Thailand.
First our previous story:
Masked burglars broke into the house of Chinese tourists in Pattaya while brandishing firearms and stole various valuables before escaping. Police have arrested one of the three suspects so far.
Now for our update:
In the morning of today, May 17th, Pattaya Police arrested all remaining suspects in the robbery case against Chinese tourists living in Pattaya. The three men were identified as Mr. Sarawut Suthaphot, 31, the ringleader who planned the robbery, Mr. Nakarin Sae Teo, 26, and Mr. Wanchai Kreedkrai, 27. All were Thai nationals.
The suspects were arrested along with firearms and some of the stolen property belonging to the Chinese victims. The arrest took place near the natural border crossing point, close to the Aranyaprathet Border Checkpoint, in the Khlong Luek sub-district, Aranyaprathet district, Sa Kaeo province.
All of them admitted to the crime, saying they misunderstood that their targets were a wealthy group of Chinese business people. However, when they carried out the robbery, the group turned out to be just ordinary Chinese tourists.
After learning that the other two accomplices had been apprehended by the police, the three remaining suspects decided to escape to Cambodia via the Chanthaburi province. They then intermittently jumped between the two countries until they ran out of money.
Eventually, the suspects moved to the Thai-Cambodian border in Sa Kaeo to find jobs. However, they accidentally exposed their whereabouts by using a mobile phone, leading to their arrest by the police.
The motive for the robbery was due to their addiction to online gambling, the suspects confessed. The investigating team then took all three men to record their statements at the Khlong Luek Police Station and subsequently moved them to the Pattaya Police Station for further questioning.
After checking the criminal records of the perpetrators, police found that Sarawut was once prosecuted for drug-related offenses. Nakarin was also prosecuted for possession of Category 1 narcotics and illegal gambling, and Wanchai had a history of being prosecuted for illegal gambling.
All suspects remain in police custody.
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