A taxi driver and a musician in Bangkok are being hailed as heroes for their role in helping catch mobile phone thieves.
A city taxi driver gave chase after seeing a couple of young men snatch a mobile phone from a pedestrian early on Saturday morning.
Police say suspect Methee Sarakosol, 21, snatched a phone from Preeyaphat Suwanmuang, 26, between Lat Phrao Soi 48 and Soi 50 about 3.30am.
Mr Preeyaphat had been walking on the pavement and talking on the phone when the bandits struck from their passing motorcycle.
The taxi driver, who does not want to be identified, chased the thieves' motorcycle, which police say was driven by Methee's accomplice, Nathawut Chueasorn, 22. He sped up and cut in front of the motorcycle, blocking the suspects, police said.
Another motorist, identified as Chaowara Janthong, 29, also stepped in to help.
Police say Mr Chaowara, a bassist in a band, left his car and wrestled with Mr Methee. They say Mr Nathawut was able to escape the melee, but was later arrested at his house in Ratchathewi district.
Mr Chaowara suffered a broken knee in the scrape and was taken to hospital. Police later awarded Mr Chaowara 10,000 baht for his efforts.
The suspects confessed to stealing the phone while high on drugs, police said.
They have been charged with theft.