Ayutthaya gold theft suspect is a former local politician

Ayutthaya gold theft suspects involved in the 2 million baht (55,000 USD) raid on a bullion store in a shopping center in the Sena district were arrested by the police during the night.

In news that will shock many readers, one of the suspected thieves turns out to be a local politician. Investigators from Region 1 Provincial Police and Ayutthaya Police swooped down on two of the suspects around 8:45 p.m. Friday. A third was captured in the early hours of Saturday.

Further information was promised at a press conference later in the day.

The robbery at Yaowarat M Gold at the Lotus Mall in Sena took place around 11 a.m. on November 4.

One suspect – a former local politician – has previously been questioned as a suspect in other serious crimes, but managed to evade or avoid prosecution. The short politician was questioned by police about his involvement in drug cases in 2018. It is unclear why police declined to name the suspect, as is normal practice in such cases.

Police are trying to recover the stolen gold – 39 necklaces weighing a total of around 890 grams. It is believed that the suspects have already sold their loot outside the city of Ayutthaya. Eagle-eyed Thaiger regulars will quickly notice that this is not the actual gold taken in the robbery.

A lone assailant jumped over the windows of the deserted shop and quickly swept gold necklaces and other jewelry from their trays into a shoulder bag. He then ran out of the store as quickly as he entered it and fled on a motorbike. The whole robbery lasted less than a minute.

Major General Pol Pheeraphong Wongsamarn, deputy chief of Region 1 of the provincial police, said there were already plans in place to search four locations in the district on Saturday for further evidence to link the suspects to the flight.

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