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The shot Phuket bandit lying wounded near his getaway car last night

Phuket Serial Raid 7-Eleven Gunman in Shootout With Cops: Bandit Plugged

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Today's Big Updating News Report

PHUKET: About 10 shots were fired when two policemen posing as staff confronted an armed bandit in the midst of a Phuket 7-Eleven heist last night.

In the dramatic shootout the robber, told by officers to drop his gun, started firing in the convenience store near the Heroines Monument in central Phuket.

In response, the officers dodged and dived under the hail of bullets. A police shot plugged the bandit in the groin. He limped to his escape vehicle - a car not a motorcycle - and police nabbed him there.

The man has since admitted to being the gunman who had previously pulled four 7-Eleven store holdups in quick succession.

In the car, parked near the 7-Eleven in Thepkasattri Road, police say they found a full-face motorcycle helmet.

The bandit wore the helmet in the first four raids but had decided to raid the store about 11.10pm last night without wearing one, officers said today, because of bravado.

According to police, Pisiya Tangbanjerd, 41, told them he enjoyed watching movies about armed bandits and wanted to become one. He worked as a private detective.

He was also a Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation volunteer at Phuket City Council. Police found a walkie-talkie in his car and took possession of an illegal Smith and Wesson handgun.

Having the walkie-talkie enabled him to listen in on police in pursuit after his four earlier 7-Eleven robberies. He wore the full-face helmet to fool police and drove away in the car while officers were hunting a motorcycle.

Phuket's new police commander, Major General Pachara Boonyasit, explained that police reacted to the series of 7-Eleven robberies with a meeting of all senior officers yesterday.

''The coordinated response was to have police posing as staff at 7-Eleven stores across Phuket from 8pm to 8am, with two officers in high-risk stores and a single officer at low-risk outlets,'' the major general said.

''That's how we were ready and waiting for the bandit's fifth holdup attempt.''

At the Thalang store last night when the bandit walked in were Lieutenant Winit Cheblem and Lieutenant Pannawat Sudkongtong, of Thalang Police Station.

When they saw the shopper was armed, Lt Winit called out: ''Drop your weapon, we are police!''

The bandit opened fire and Lt Winit dived for cover. His partner, Lt Pannawat, opened fire, aiming for the man's legs but inflicting a wound to the groin.

By the time the bandit limped to the car and collapsed, the police had their man. Phuket's serial 7-Eleven bandit had met his match.

The bandit was treated at Thalang Hospital then transferred to the better-equipped Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket City, where he was under guard today and being prepared for surgery.

The store, with shattered glass everywhere from at least 10 shots, is expected to be restored from a crime scene to a shopping outlet later today.

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Not often you will see a comment like this from me, but well done Phuket police on such decisive action to catch this guy.

Posted by Josh on October 9, 2014 08:50

Editor Comment:

Yes, great work. We've heard nothing but good things about Phuket's new commander. That's a good start.

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Dude had balls

Posted by Borle on October 9, 2014 09:50

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Excellent job the police. If this guy enjoys watching gangster movies, then he has his happy ending. Shot, captured & surely now facing considerable time in prison. Bravado - no. He is simply one more thug who has had his 5 minutes of infamy & then will be forgotten for hopefully a long time to come.

Posted by Logic on October 9, 2014 10:42

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Kudo's to the Police for being proactive!!!! Expand this thought process, IE: general road laws, and Phuket / Thailand will move up the ladder of developed countries...!!!

Posted by hotgem on October 9, 2014 10:44

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Posted by Borle

Dude had balls

"had" is the key word here.

Certainly quicker and less expensive than going under the knife!

Agreed WD to the Police, lets hope that they use this model to catch such a vast and wide range of illegal activities, will certainly make people who choose to cross the line of right and wrong think twice.

Posted by ohno on October 9, 2014 11:17

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Great work by those two officers.

Posted by Arthur Gane on October 9, 2014 11:26

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@Borle

Now revolving on the hot dog display!!!

Posted by Ouch on October 9, 2014 11:27

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I wondered what those chicken knuckles were...remind me not to get some.

Posted by Anonymous on October 9, 2014 12:43

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Just one question:
Were there other people in the 7-11 when the robber was told to "Drop your weapon, we are police!".
Because if there were it was a rather reckless strategy. Far safer to allow the robbery to enfold and confront later.

Posted by john on October 9, 2014 12:51

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Late at night most 7-Elevens are not exactly buzzing. Why assume the worst?

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Pro-active policing, metered taxis outside the airport door, illegal restaurants demolished on the beach, vendors removed, national park land with sumptuous villas removed, mayors arrested and indicted etc. etc. - and some "democrats" are moaning about a lack of right to criticize!
Bring it on Prayut.

Posted by Evilbaz on October 9, 2014 13:32

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I suppose you could say he is well and truly knackered as they've got him by the balls!

Posted by Manowar on October 9, 2014 13:51

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Good cops doing a good job making Phuket safer.

Posted by Volker on October 9, 2014 14:26

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@John Even if there were other people around what the cops should have done? Let him go? I am sure the cops knew what they were doing.

Posted by Volker on October 9, 2014 14:29

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I predicted how this would end after his last robbery him shot at the scene he should have read Phuket Wan, looks like the nut case let go every round from the revolver in a heavy pedestrian traffic area evidently thinks he's the hero in a movie and never gets a scratch
his theory proved incorrect.

Posted by slickmelb on October 9, 2014 16:36

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''Mr Piriya was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital with a gunshot wound to the hip.'' Phuket Provincial Police Commander Patchara Boonyasit told the Phuket Gazette.

But PW shows us the man's cock for good measure.

By the way, do you pay the police for these photos?

Posted by Matt on October 9, 2014 18:30

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We have the photographic evidence. Others are a bit coy. Time for a ''clarification.''

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"The store, with shattered glass everywhere from at least 10 shots".
I wasn't assuming the worst, just asking a question.
The police new he was armed. Did they have any kind of a plan should the robber show up at a store they were manning? What were their instructions on how to handle it? Were there any??
A bullet from pretty much any hand gun is not going to be stopped by a counter, shelves or doors.

Someone inside or outside could have been injured or killed.
Just saying...

Posted by john on October 9, 2014 21:42

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john, I am sure the police would have discussed what to do in those circumstances. It's a puzzle as to why you theorise about something that didn't happen and wasn't mentioned because it wasn't relevant. Forget it.


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