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Two hotel workers turned thieves will regret giving up their day jobs

Phuket Gold Snatchers Escape Via Canal But Cannot Evade Police

Monday, November 4, 2013
PHUKET: Thieves who snatched a gold necklace from a woman as she walked through Phuket City last night fled into a canal . . . and straight into the arms of a waiting policeman.

Pitchaniya Kladmee, 50, general manager of the Phuket Merlin Hotel, was walking along Montri Road near the Phuket Post office when two young men snatched her necklace and rode off on a motorcycle.

Khun Pitchaniya remembered the number plate and relayed it to police. Soon after, a patrol spotted the motorcycle parked in Damrong Road, about two kilometres away.

Nearby residents said they'd seen the two men jump into Bang Yai Canal.

Soon after, two men emerged from the canal in Thepkasattri Road. Dripping wet, they hailed a passing pickup - and were horrified to discover there was an out-of-uniform policeman at the wheel.

The pair tried to flee, but did not get very far.

Preeda A-dam, 25, and Somsak Phuangjaroen, 23, told police they both worked at Royal Phuket City Hotel where one was a Chinese food cook and the other worked in the bakery.

They said they had been drinking and decided on the spur of the moment to grab the necklace.


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In addition to theft clearly they picked on a lady who was less likely to fight back than a man. It must have been terrifying for her but well done she remembered the number plate. Well done Police too.

Posted by Same, same but different on November 4, 2013 14:00


but why did they jump in the canal??

Posted by another steve on November 4, 2013 19:44

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