Second snatch and grab theft done by same Phuket thief say police

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Thalang police are continuing to hunt for a snatch and grab thief who stole a woman’s bag on Tuesday night (Nov 24), and is believed to have carried out a second theft early this morning (Nov 26) getting away with B6,000 in cash.

Ms Namthip Kritkram, 22, and Kanokwan Trirat, 22, were on therir way home after celebrating Loy Krathong.

Pol Lt Suporn Muangkhai from Thalang Police responded to a call where it was stated that a man on a motorbike had snatched two women’s bags in front of Moo Baan Ananda Lake View on Donjomtao Rd in Thepkassattri at around 3am this morning.

The victims, Ms Namthip Kritkram, 22, and Kanokwan Trirat, 22, who were traveling on a Honda Scoopy on Thepkassattri Rd heading home after celebrating Loy Krathong told police that a man in black snatched their purses.

Ms Kanokwan told police, “The suspect, wearing a black jacket and driving a black Honda Click, approached us near the Thalang intersection. He sped up alongside us and snatched my bag which was hanging from the helmet holder. He then shoved Ms Namthip on her leg and snatched her bag which was hanging from her arm. We tried to follow him but he drove too fast.”

The victims were able to give police a description of the motorbike driven by the thief and said that he wore helmet and his motorbike had no license plate. The stolen purses contain B6,000 cash, their identification cards and other important documents police were told.

Lt Suporn Muangkhai revealed “We suspect this is the same person who snatched a woman’s bag and got away with more than B8,500 of valuables near Heroines Monument on Thepkassattri Rd on Tuesday night (Nov24). (See story here)

“The motorbike, with no number plate, appears to be the same on CCTV footage.

“We are looking for the male suspect who we believe may be living in the area, and the victims said he was heading toward Thalang junction and turned left at Thalang Warfare Victory Memorial.

“We have alerted other police stations to be on the lookout for this suspect, and we will continue to check CCTV footage from around Moo Baan Ananda and other areas nearby,” he said.