A brave Win (motorbike taxi driver) in Pattaya helped catch a gold thief yesterday, June 6th. The young 18-year-old thief claimed the city’s high cost of living forced him to commit the offense.
The incident took place at 3 PM yesterday at the Yaowarat Gold Shop on South Pattaya Road within the Nongprue sub-district of Banglamung District, Chonburi province.
After the incident, 25-year-old gold shop employee Ms. Chamaiporn Kulbutr gave her testimony to police stating the thief, Mr. Thanakrit Tamonlapap, entered the store and asked to see a 5-baht weight gold necklace.
Ms. Chamaiporn handed over two necklaces for him to choose from. At that moment, coincidentally, foreign customers entered the store seeking services. Taking advantage of the distraction, Mr. Thanakrit, a young Thai 18-year-old, quickly snatched the two gold necklaces and dashed out of the gold shop.
The employee immediately chased after him, shouting for help. Fortunately, Mr. Panuwit Maleewal, a 36-year-old Win driver, happened to be sitting near the store. He instantly jumped in to help apprehend the thief and called the local police authorities.
According to Mr. Panuwit’s statements, he usually operated in the South Pattaya area. While waiting for passengers, he noticed Ms. Chamaiporn running after the suspect and shouting for help. He then helped her catch the thief, stating he had no idea if the thief was armed or not, but when he saw someone in trouble, he felt compelled to give them a hand.
As for the 18-year-old suspect, Mr. Thanakrit, he alleged to police that he was neither a drug addict nor a gambler. His motivation for committing the crime was only to sell the stolen jewelry in order to improve his quality of life and cope with the high cost of living in Pattaya.
After the drama, Pattaya Police took Mr. Thanakrit in custody to proceed with legal action. They also found that he had committed a similar crime at night before.