BANGKOK – Thai police have arrested Swiss National 42-year-old Enzo Gerber charged with robbing a bank in his homeland before fleeing to live with his wife in Thailand.
Department of Special Investigation Director-General Tharit Pengdit says police found 42-year-old Enzo Gerber on Thursday in the seaside resort town of Hua Hin, 200 kilometres (120 miles) south of Bangkok.
He says Gerber is accused of robbing a bank in Bern on March 19, taking $670,000 in cash at gunpoint. Another suspect was arrested by Swiss police.
The DSI seized the suspect’s 5-million-baht house, bank accounts with 4 million baht in cash, 60,000 Swiss francs (about 1.8 million baht), 13.5 baht-weight of gold jewellery worth about 263,000 baht, and 19 vehicles, including cars and motorcycles.
The arrest of the suspect followed a request by authorities in Switzerland who asked the DSI to arrest Mr Enzo for his alleged involvement in the robbery of a bank in that country on March 19, DSI chief Tarit Pengdith said.
Public prosecutors in Bern had issued a warrant for his arrest following an investigation into the March 19 robbery.
Mr Tarit said the DSI and Swiss police would investigate how the suspect brought some of the money he allegedly stole into Thailand undetected.
Pol Maj Gen Kriangsak Aroonrisophon, chief of the Immigration Police’s Division 3, said the suspect would be blacklisted and deported back to his country.