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Police say three men were involved in Tuesday's theft of a 10-million baht watch, one of only eight in existence. At least two of the men appear to have left the country.
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A CCTV security camera catches one of the thieves in action. His two accomplices were looking at other watches to keep store staff busy.
Police hunt men in B10m watch heist
Police on Thursday questioned a taxi driver who became inadvertently involved as the getaway driver in the robbery of a 10-million-baht wristwatch.
Police said the cab driver picked up three well-dressed foreign men on Tuesday at 3.30pm. Just half an hour earlier they had robbed a Montblanc shop in Gaysorn Plaza near Ratchaprasong intersection.
The men said they wanted to travel to Suvarnabhumi airport.
Police say they questioned Peerapol Iam-saard, 23, at Lumpini police station, after identifying him as the driver.
Earlier, they picked him up from his home in Bangkok's Klong Tan area.
Police said the taxi driver and the shop owner were not suspected of being involved but were acting as key witnesses in the case.
Pol Maj Gen Suebsak Pansura, commander of Metropolitan Police Division 5, said the driver told them the men, believed to be Chinese nationals, got into his taxi after he had dropped off his previous passengers at Amarin Plaza, opposite Gaysorn Plaza.
While driving to the airport, he dropped off one of the foreign men in front of the Thai Red Cross Society on Henry Dunant Road and later the two other men at gate No. 1 of Suvarnabhumi airport about 5pm.
Police say a closed-circuit television camera at the Ratchaprasong intersection captured images of Mr Peerapol's taxi.
Staff at the luxury goods shop reported the theft to Lumpini police on Tuesday.
They said the men, who spoke Chinese, entered the shop and asked to see some high-end watches.
While the staff were not looking, one of the men snatched a watch — which is just one of eight of a special edition — and put it in his pocket.
The men then left the shop on the first floor of the shopping plaza.
Pol Maj Gen Suebsak said witnesses confirmed the men were Chinese nationals and police were hunting the foreign man who got out of the taxi in front of the Thai Red Cross Society.
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accomplice: a person who helps someone else to commit a crime or to do something morally wrong - ผู้สมรู้ร่วมคิด
CCTV: a television system that works within a limited area, for example a public building, to protect it from crime - โทรทัศน์วงจรปิด (ซีซีทีวี)
closed-circuit television: a television system that works within a limited area, for example a public building, to protect it from crime - โทรทัศน์วงจรปิด (ซีซีทีวี)
commander: a police offer of high rank - ผู้บังคับบัญชา
heist: (informal) an act of stealing something valuable, especially from a shop/store or bank - การปล้น (คำสแลง)
high-end: expensive and of high quality; having a lot of money to spend - มีคุณภาพ
identify: to specify who someone is - ระบุชื่อ
inadvertent: by accident; without intending to - ซึ่งไม่ตั้งใจ
intersection: a place where roads, lines, etc., join or cross each other - สี่แยก
involved: taking part or having a role in something - เกี่ยวข้อง
metropolitan police: the police in responsible for a city - ตำรวจนครบาล
opposite: across from or facing someone or something - ที่อยู่ตรงกันข้าม
snatch: to take or get something quickly - ฉุด, ฉก, ดึง, กระชาก, คว้า
suspected: thought to have done something wrong - เป็นที่สงสัย
thieves: people who dishonestly take something that belongs to someone else and keep it - ขโมย
witness: a person who sees something happen or knows about something - ผู้ที่เห็นเหตุการณ์, พยาน
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