A ladyBoy has been arrested for robbing a gold shop, stating she/he wanted the money to acquire a gun to kill a former assistant, who was accused of conspiring with her ex-boyfriend to defraud her of a large sum of money.
In the early hours of yesterday, police apprehended Preecha Samankhoon, or Thian, a 20-year-old Phangnga native, at a mansion room in downtown Hat Yai. Her possessions included eight stolen gold necklaces.
During questioning, the ladyboy admitted to authorities that she committed the robbery because she needed money to buy a gun. She planned to use the weapon to assassinate a former aide who reportedly collaborated with her ex-boyfriend to defraud her of hundreds of thousands of baht.
A lone robbery occurred Thursday evening at the Yaowarat Krungthep gold shop at Lotus’s retail center in Sadao. The robber left on a motorcycle with eight gold necklaces weighing 24 baht each and approximately 800,000 baht.
Three shop employees, all women, were unharmed but noticeably terrified, according to Pol Lt Col Pichai Khunthongkaew, investigation chief at Sadao station.
Closed-circuit video (CCTV) shows the thief, who wore a face mask and entered the shop armed with a knife. She ran across the counter and quickly snatched gold necklaces from the showcase after telling the personnel to sit down. The robbery only lasted one minute.
Police used CCTV to track down the culprit and collect information about her whereabouts, verifying her transgender status.
Gold Shop Robber Betrayed by Brand-Name Shoes
The son-in-law of a wealthy orange grower detained two weeks ago for stealing from a gold shop told police he desperately needed money after incurring big losses in stock and cryptocurrency investments.
Thatchaset Chetthawattananukul, 42, was arrested for reenacting the gold shop theft in Chiang Mai’s Fang area.
Thatchaset was detained on Tuesday at his luxury home in Muang district on a Chiang Mai Provincial Court warrant for armed robbery and illegally carrying a gun in public.
A lone robber with a gun held up the Yaowarat Krungthep gold shop in a mall in Fang district on the evening of November 28. The thief left with 88 gold necklaces totaling roughly 300 baht. The robbery took approximately one minute.
Police used surveillance camera footage to track the robber’s escape path. They searched four places in Fang and Muang districts before detaining the suspect on Tuesday in a luxury housing development in Tambon San Phee Sua of Muang district, Chiang Mai police commander Pol Maj Gen Thawatchai Phongwiwattanachai said on Wednesday.
The robber’s attire completely disguised his physique and features, but he wore designer shoes. When detained, the suspect was wearing the same brand of shoes. Police seized 1.4 million baht from the property, as well as a rifle and a motorcycle.
During questioning, the suspect allegedly admitted that he had lost money on stock and Bitcoin investments and needed money to maintain his business. This motivated him to commit the robbery.
According to a source, Thatchaset allegedly sold roughly 80 of the stolen necklaces to a Myanmar customer for an agreed-upon 4 million baht. He had received half of the money, with the other half to be paid after the gold was sold.
Mr Thatchaset attempted to shoot himself during the arrest, but the arresting officers stopped him, according to the source.
The suspect is the affluent owner of a huge orange farm in Fang district’s son-in-law.