Police: Mask heist 'not politics'
The armed robbery at a 7-11 store in Don Muang district early Monday, in which two gunmen wore Guy Fawkes masks, was unlikely to be politically motivated, police said Tuesday.
- Published: 25/06/2013 at 06:53 PM
- Newspaper section: breakingnews
“The robbery may have been a coincidence,” said Metropolitan Police Bureau deputy chief Manit Wongsomboon. The robbers wore the popular Guy Fawkes masks displayed by the opposition "V for Thailand" protest group, which has staged anti-government rallies in Bangkok and major cities over the past few weeks.
The group said it believe the heist was a setup by politicians or supporters of what they call the “Thaksin regime”. The robbery occurred the day after protests by the white mask movement, and six days before the next scheduled demonstrations across the country.
Pol Maj Gen Manit said police are still searching for the two men and have yet to find links between the Don Muang 7-11 robbery and any political group.
The Guy Fawkes white masks are available in large number on many streets, markets and shops. As a result, the perpetrators may have simply used the politics-related masks to facilitate their crime, Pol Maj Gen Manit observed.
A total of 24 cases of robbery of 7-11, Family Mart and other convenience stores in the capital have been recorded since early January, including the latest one by the Fawkes-masked gunmen. Of the total, 19 have been solved, the deputy city police chief said.
The culprits committing such crimes involved different groups of people ranging from amateurs to professionals as well as mentally ill people or drunkards seeking free booze, he added.
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