Two men arrested for robberies as Phuket police search for third man

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Police yesterday (Jan 13) arrested two suspects in connection with two robberies of foreigners that took place on Thursday (Jan 7) and Friday (Jan 8) last week. They are currently looking for one more suspect alleged to also be involved.

Two suspects arrested in connection with robberies on Jan 7 and Jan 8. Photo provided by Thung Thong Police

 

Following up on two separates incidents in which a British woman was robbed last Thursday and a Russian man last Friday Jan 8, Thung Thong police yesterday arrested 23-year-old Thiradet “Oat” Chotika for his alleged involvement in the crimes.

Police discovered Thiradet’s alleged involvement in the robberies through CCTV footage of the incident last Thursday, prompting the issuance of an arrest warrant.

When making the arrest, Thiradet was found to be in possession of a Sony compact camera which police believe was robbed from the Russian man last Friday, said Supt Chuawalit.

After Thiradet’s arrest, police obtained information leading to the apprehension of Supachai “Toei” Chotpram, 20, whose owns the motorbike used in the robberies. During the arrest, they found in his possession a black iPhone 5 which matched the description of one of the items stolen in the first robbery on Jan 7, said Supt Chuawalit.

On January 7, British national and Lifestyle Editor at The Phuket News, 26-year-old Dalia Hilmi, was robbed of over B100,000 worth of valuable on Phra Phuket Keaw Rd in Kathu at about 5:40pm, including a Louis Vouitton handbag and iPhone 5.

The next day, a Russian man was robbed by knife point on Vichitsongrkram Rd in Kathu at about 7:20pm and robbed of B51,000 worth of valuables, including a Sony compact camera.

Supachai has been charged with Receiving Stolen Items From Robbery and Accessory To A Robbery, while Thiradet has been charged with Attempted Robbery.

Police are now looking for 23-year-old Chairprasit Boonyok, whose name was connected to the incidents following yesterday’s arrests.

The investigation is on going.

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