Man kills taxi driver, robs gold shop

A man in a ride-hailing driver's uniform robs the Aurora gold shop about 11.30am on Monday. (Screenshot)
A man in a ride-hailing driver's uniform robs the Aurora gold shop about 11.30am on Monday. (Screenshot)

A 26-year-old man has been arrested on charges of murdering a ride-hail driver and wearing the victim's uniform when robbing a Chiang Mai gold shop.

The man, identified by police only as Nipitpon, was arrested at his house in Doi Saket district on Monday night.

Police said the suspect used a ride-hailing app, asking to be picked up near Pha Lad waterfall early Monday morning.

He sat behind the 48-year-old driver during the trip and allegedly used a 9mm pistol to shoot him in the back of the neck, then drove the car to a ravine near Wat Pha Lad where he dumped the body.

About 11.30am a man wearing the murdered driver's uniform entered CentralFestival Chiang Mai shopping centre and robbed the Aurora gold shop of gold necklaces worth about 2.8 million baht

The thief fled in the victim’s car, which he left at Pha Lad waterfall. He then fled in his own car, which he had earlier parked at Kalae reservoir.

Police said the suspect tried to sell gold necklaces to other gold shops but they refused to buy them after seeing the Aurora logo stamped on them.

The suspect then drove to gold shops, in San Kam Phaeng and Doi Saket, where he sold two necklaces.

During the arrest, police found 17 gold necklaces at the suspect’s home along with a gun and clothing he allegedly used during the crime spree.

He confessed to the crimes, according to police.

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Vocabulary

  • allegedly: claimed to have done something wrong, but not yet proven - ที่ถูกกล่าวหา
  • confessed (verb): admitted to having committed a crime - สารภาพผิด
  • flee (past form: fled) (verb): to leave a place or person quickly because you are afraid of possible danger or consequences - หนี
  • hail: to signal to a taxi or a bus, in order to get the driver to stop - เรียก
  • logo: a printed design or symbol that a company or an organization uses as its special sign - โลโก้, เครื่องหมาย
  • ravine (noun): a deep, very narrow valley with steep sides - หุบเขาลึก, ห้วยลึก
  • reservoir: a natural or artificial lake where water is stored - อ่างเก็บน้ำ
  • suspect: a person who is thought to have committed a crime - ผู้ต้องสงสัย
  • victim: someone who has been affected by a bad situation, such as a disaster, illness or an accident - เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย

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