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What's the best weapon for a gold shop robbery? It's not chilli powder.
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Jennisa Jirawej, armed with chilli powder, was caught on the shop's security camera, before police arrested her for using the spice to rob a gold shop in Potharam municipality. Photo by Saichon Srinuanchan
Woman in 'chilli powder' gold theft
Gold shop robberies are common, but this one was unusual to say the least. No guns or knives were involved. Instead, the weapon of choice was chilli powder.
Police in Ratchaburi have arrested a woman after she threw the potent powder in the eyes of the shop owner of a gold shop in Potharam municipality.
The bizarre crime took place at Sukanya gold shop in a busy fresh market on Monday afternoon.
Napassorn Thanakhumkitti, 62, the shop owner, said Jennisa Jirawej, 35, posed as a customer wanting to buy a pair of two-baht-weight gold necklaces.
Mrs Napassorn said the suspect spent an unusually long time deciding whether to buy, and asked to see more necklaces, before splashing chilli powder into her eyes, grabbing five two-baht-weight gold necklaces worth 205,000 baht and running out the shop.
Despite suffering from burning sensations in both eyes as a result of the attack, Mrs Napassorn shouted out to bystanders and vendors in the market to catch the thief and a group of locals successfully detained her.
Jennisa confessed to stealing five two-baht-weight gold necklaces. She told police she was desperate, unemployed and wanted to sell the stolen necklaces to settle loan-shark debts of 60,000 baht.
She said she had looked for a gold shop with only one staff member, before deciding to arm herself with the ground dried chilli bought from a vendor in the market.
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armed: carrying a weapon - ติดอาวุธ
arrest: (of the police) to take someone to a police station because they are believed to have committed a crime - จับกุม
bizarre: very strange and unusual - แปลกประหลาด,วิตถาร,ผิดปกติ
bystander: a person who is standing near and watching something that is happening but is not taking part in it - ผู้เห็นเหตุการณ์, ผู้สังเกตการณ์
confess: to admit that you have committed a crime - สารภาพผิด
debt: an amount of money that you owe - หนี้, นี้สิน
desperate: very worried or confused because you do not know how to deal with an unpleasant or dangerous situation - อย่างสิ้นหวัง อย่างหมดหวัง
detained: kept in a place and not allowed to leave - กักตัว ควบคุมตัวหรือฝากขัง
grab: to take or hold somebody/something with your hand suddenly, firmly or roughly - จับ,ฉวย,คว้า,แย่ง
ground: cut, chopped or crushed into very small pieces or powder - บดเป็นผง
loan shark: a person who charges very high interest rates for money borrowed - ผู้ปล่อยเงินกู้โดยคิดดอกเบี้ยสูงมาก
locals: people who live in a particular place - ชาวบ้าน
municipality: a town, city or district with its own local government - เทศบาล
necklace: a piece of jewellery consisting of a chain, string of beads, etc. worn around the neck - สร้อยคอ
pose: to pretend to be something - วางท่า
potent: powerful - ทรงพลัง มีอิทธิพล
rob: to take money or property illegally from a person or place, often using threats or violence - ปล้น, ปล้นจี้
sensation: a feeling that you get when something affects your body - ความรู้สึกต่อการสัมผัส
spice: one of the various types of powder or seed that come from plants and are used in cooking.Spices have a strong taste and smell - เครื่องเทศ, เครื่องปรุงแต่งรสชาติ
suspect: a person who is thought to have committed a crime - ผู้ต้องสงสัย
thief: someone who steals something. An instance of stealing something is called a theft - ขโมย
unemployed: not having a job - ซึ่งว่างงาน
vendor: someone who sells something, but often not in a shop - พ่อค้าแม่ค้าแผงลอย
weapon: an object such as a knife, gun, bomb, etc. that is used for fighting or attacking somebody - อาวุธ
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