KOH SAMUI – Police on the Island of Koh Samui say an armed foreigner robbed a convenience store on Koh Samui island yesterday and took off with more than 178,000 baht in cash.
According to a report in the Khaosod News the robbery took place at a Family Mart store at around 10:30 a.m., according to the police. The cashier, Metta Laksanasuk, 28, said she and her coworker were counting approximately 200,000 baht in cash in preparation for a bank deposit when a man walked into the store and pretended to browse through goods.
Shortly afterwards, the suspect ran to the counter, took out a small handgun, and forced Ms. Metta and the other cashier to leave the counter before taking 178,350 baht from the pile of money, Ms. Metta said.
According to Ms. Metta, the suspect fled the scene in a Toyota Vios with a license plate that had been covered with white paper. The police, upon being alerted by Ms. Metta, chased but failed to catch the suspect.
The suspect is described as an approximately 175 centimetre tall, dark-haired Caucasian in his 30s.
Pol.Col. Satit Prom-utai, the chief of Bo Put Police Station on Koh Samui island, said the police have a suspect in mind but are still in the process of investigating.
The immigration and tourist police have been contacted to provide the officers with additional details about the suspect, Pol.Col. Satit said.
Police have also released CCTV footage of the incident to seek the public’s help in identifying the perpetrator.