Alleged gold snatcher arrested after reportedly stealing from a gold shop in Bangkok last Sunday

Bangkok –

Chaimongkol Jaiboon-upathump, 38, was placed under arrest today, September 29, after allegedly committing a robbery at a gold shop in Bangkok last weekend.

Following the police investigation of the gold shop robbery in a Bangkok department store last Sunday, the alleged thief and his wife, who was not named, reportedly separately escaped before being captured in Loei and Nong Khai province respectively while both were trying to leave the country to a neighboring country through natural land routes.

Chaimongkol was reportedly armed with a firearm-like object and stole three trays of 150 baht-weight gold necklaces with a total of at least 4 million baht around 10:30 AM before dashing away last Sunday.

Bangkok police, led by Police General Suchart Theerasawat, the Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Thai Police, took the couple to the capital for further interrogation. The officials initially suspected that his wife was also involved with the theft incident, possibly as a getaway driver.

Meanwhile, Police Colonel Preecha Kengsarikit, Superintendent of Khon Kaen Provincial Police Station, exposed that Chaimongkol had allegedly robbed several pieces of gold jewelry with a total worth of seven million baht in value from a small gold shop inside a Khon Kaen department store in 2019.

He will be transferred to Khon Kaen police station for another interrogation and to face robbery charges after the investigation in Bangkok is completed, the Superintendent stated to the press.

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