UPDATE: Ex-agricultural cooperative employee admits to daylight bank robbery

UPDATE Ex-agricultural cooperative employee admits to daylight bank robbery
Photo: The Nation

Following a daring daylight bank robbery that took place yesterday at a local Krungthai bank in Chiang Saen district of Chiang Rai, a former employee of the Chiang Saen agricultural cooperative has handed himself in and confessed to the crime.

The theft occurred at around 10 am yesterday morning, May 18th, when two men wearing all black and motorcycle helmets entered the Krungthai bank and threatened an employee at gunpoint before taking off with more than one million baht.

The money they stole had been previously prepared by the bank employee in bags ready to be transferred to the agricultural cooperative to be used for purchasing rice from farmers.

Chiang Rai Police Chief, Pol Maj Gen Yuttachai Phuaprasert, today announced that the suspect had handed himself into police on Monday evening. He said:

“One of the suspects, Sitthichoke Meuangma, 34, turned himself in on Monday evening after the police announced they have evidence to identify the thieves.

He initially admitted that he owned the black outfit seen in the CCTV footage and the 9mm handgun, which he had stored at a friend’s house in Pasak subdistrict.”

The Police Chief then went on to explain that Mr. Meuangma made a full confession, informing police he was a former employee of the agricultural cooperative and committed the robbery with his brother-in-law to pay off debts.

The suspect told police that he had spent 91,000 baht to pay off his car loan, which he then sold at a shop in the Mae Sai district. He used a further 200,000 baht to settle a debt he had accrued from gambling and transferred another 84,000 baht to a gambling website.

Police discovered 156,000 baht in cash inside his car that he claimed he had withdrawn from a bank in Mae Sai. The other 500,000 baht from the robbery had been given to his partner-in-crime who remains on the run.

Police will reenact the crime today with Mr. Meuangma and are on high alert for his brother-in-law, Cheunjai Konkham, who is believed to have fled to Phayao province.

Source: The Nation

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