NAKHON PHANOM – Police have arrested a former Krung Thai Bank (KTB) clerk Juthamas Suwanbamrungand her boyfriend Supachet Chanachai for allegedly stealing about 10.6 million baht in cash to settle gambling debts, after a manhunt lasting more than four months.
The former bank clerk was arrested with her boyfriend at the Imperial Samrong shopping mall in Samut Prakan province on Tuesday, Thai Rath reported, quoting the chief of provincial police region 4.
Ms Juthamas had spent almost nine million baht of the stolen cash paying debts run up by her boyfriend Supachet Chanachai.
Ms Juthamas said rest was spent on gambling and fleeing arrest through several provinces in the past four months. The pair had tried to sell a mobile phone at the mall and were looking for a job. They were carrying less than 100 baht between them when police apprehended them, Pol Lt Gen Kawee said.
On Jan 21, KTB Nakhon Phanom branch manager Sutthipong Boonpok lodged a complaint with police accusing Ms Juthamas of stealing 8.9 million baht from three ATM cash deposit boxes on Jan 20. Security cameras recorded her entering the office on that night and leaving with the money.
The bank later found evidence that she transferred 1.7 million baht in cash to an account held by Mr Supachet, an Education Ministry official described by police as a “gambling addict who was heavily in debt”.
Ms Juthamas had allegedly stolen a total of 10.6 million baht from the bank, Pol Lt Gen Kawee said.
Mr Supachet could not stop gambling even while on the run from police. His old habit forced the pair to sell their Toyota Vios sedan, which they had used as a getaway vehicle when they were hiding in Chanthaburi.
They decided to move to Samut Prakan to find work after they ran out of money, and were then captured, Pol Lt Gen Kawee said.