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A tourist passes the currency booth in Phuket's Kata district  last night

Phuket Police Hunt Kata Gunman in 48,000 Baht Holiday Bank Heist

Sunday, April 29, 2012
PHUKET: A gun-waving bandit escaped with 48,000 baht last night in a heist from a currency exchange booth in Phuket's west coast holiday heartland.

Police were hunting the robber gunman who made his escape by motorcycle from the Kasikorn Bank booth alongside the Kata Beach Resort in Pak Bang Road about 10.10pm.

A drawing of the bandit has been issued (see photo album above) based on a description given to police by teller Janya Siwasutam, 29, who was alone in the booth when the gunman sidled up.

She said he appeared to be a normal customer but was alert enough to notice some details about him and his getaway motorcycle.

The bank branch, popular with tourists and opposite the Kata-Karon municipal offices, had closed at 6pm. The currency booth stays open until 11pm.

Khun Janya said the solidly built man pulled a handgun and pushed a plastic bag under the glass security screen, telling her to fill it. She obeyed and he was on his way speedily.

She noted he spoke with a southern accent and told police he rode off on a white Yamaha Fino fitted with magnesium alloy wheels. He was wearing a multicolored motorcycle helmet and a long-sleeved jacket.

Khun Janya was interviewed at length last night.

It's the first bank job in that part of Phuket since a raider escaped with 1.7 million baht in a raid on an SCB currency kiosk in Karon, the neighboring seaside to Kata, on November 26. Police later arrested the raider and also charged a bank teller.


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Proof if ever that Thailand still isn't in the 21st century. What on earth is a female teller doing on her own in a currency exchange booth - late at night. The bank seriously needs to tighten it's security, both for staff and the cash it takes care of.

Posted by agogohome on April 29, 2012 11:41


@ agogohome.
You forgot to mention sitting in a shop window like an Amsterdam Ho. He probably didn't even need to get off his bike. Even Mc Donalds has better security.
People ask me why I don't like banks !

Posted by innocent bystander on April 30, 2012 10:27

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