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Man arrested for robbing a money changer in Phuket

Seksan Wongwirat, 20, arrives at the press conference after his arrest in Phuket for the robbery of a money exchange office in Patong on February 13. (Photo: Achadtaya Chuenniran)

PHUKET: A 20-year-old man has been arrested and charged with robbing a currency exchange office worth around 220,000 baht in Patong five days ago.

On Thursday evening, police apprehended Seksan Wongwirat, 20, from Wichian Buri district in Phetchabun, in a rented room on Soi Na Nai in the Patong area, said Lt. Gen. Surachate Hakparn, deputy national police chief. , to reporters on Thursday evening.

Yes Exchange 6 Co’s currency exchange booth in front of Big C Jungceylon branch on Phang Muang Sai Ko Road in Kathu district was robbed by a tall man with a gun at around 10:30 p.m. on February 13.

The thief was wearing a balaclava and a black balaclava and black gloves. He smashed the glass and opened the back door of the stall while Yaowalak Daengduang, 45, worked inside. He entered the cabin and pointed a gun at Ms. Yaowalak, demanding, “Where is the money? Give it to me.” He then took cash in several currencies from a drawer and fled out the back door.

Police said he stole 3,418 baht in cash and foreign currency worth 226,918 baht and caused an estimated 5,000 baht damage to the door. (continued below)

Deputy National Police Chief Pol Lt Gen Surachate Hakparn and Provincial Police Commissioner 8 Pol Lt Gen Amphorn Buarubporn question the suspect during the press conference. (Photo: Achadtaya Chuenniran)

Police investigators reviewed local security camera footage, which led them to the suspect.

Mr. Saksan lived in a rented room about 300 meters from the stolen currency counter. He left Patong Beach after the robbery.

According to the police, the suspect paid a taxi 8,000 baht to take him from Patong to Krabi. He paid the taxi driver €150 and the rest in Thai baht. Arriving in Ao Nang, Krabi, Seksan exchanged €500 at an exchange counter, then traveled by long-tail boat to Phi Phi Island, where he spent the night in a hotel.

On February 15, he returned to Phuket by speedboat. At the Phuket pier, he took a taxi to the Central Plaza shopping center and exchanged more money there. He bought gold jewelry and other items before returning to his rented room, where he was arrested on February 17.

Arresting officers seized a .38 pistol and 6,000 baht in cash. Police searched his room and found clothes, gloves and shoes like those worn by the thief, along with an additional 90,000 baht in cash.

He was taken to Patong police station and charged with theft and illegal possession of a weapon.

According to Pol Lt Gen Surachet, the suspect confessed to the theft.

It took four days for investigators from Region 8 provincial police and local police to arrest the suspect, he said.

Pol Lt Gen Amphorn Buarubporn, Provincial Police Commissioner 8 and senior Phuket police officer also attended Friday’s press conference.

Cash, gold and other items seized from the suspect. (Photo: Achatayua Chuenniran)