PHUKET: Region 8 Police Commander Lt Gen Amphol Buarabporn led a meeting of senior police officers including Patong Police Chief Col Sujin Nilabodi to call the police to step up efforts to track down a man who robbed a currency exchange office behind Jungceylon shopping mall at gunpoint on Sunday (February 13), leaving with more than B200,000.
Why the police broke the news of the robbery, opposite Phra Metta Rd from Big C Extra outlet in Jungceylon, only today (15 Feb) has not been explained.
Police were notified of the robbery at 10:40 p.m. Sunday.
Lieutenant General Amphol this morning inspected the currency exchange office, operated by Yes Exchange 6 Co Ltd, and the surrounding area.
Joining him, also for the meeting, was Phuket Provincial Police Commander Col. Bundit Khaosuthum.
Police today revealed the wanted man was slim and around 170-175cm tall.
The thief was wearing a long-sleeved black hoodie, black pants, black gloves, police said.
He used the butt of the gun to smash the glass door at the back of the exchange cabin, then reached out to unlock the door and open it.
The man burst into the exchange office and pointed his gun at the employee, Saowaluk Dangdueng, 45 years old.
He threatened Ms. Saowalak to hand over all the cash in foreign currency banknotes, equivalent to a total of 226,918 baht. He also fled with more than 3,400 baht in Thai banknotes, police said.