Wanted gold robber arrested in Laos

Wanted gold robber arrested in Laos

Two men hold up the Mae Thong Phun gold shop at the Big C store in Muang district of Khon Kaen province on July 26. (Photo supplied)
Two men hold up the Mae Thong Phun gold shop at the Big C store in Muang district of Khon Kaen province on July 26. (Photo supplied)

A 60-year-old Thai man has been arrested in Laos and was being sent back to Khon Kaen to face a charge of robbing a gold shop of 437 baht-weight gold worth about 9.5 million baht in July.

Pol Maj Gen Yanyong Wecha-osoth, deputy chief of Provincial Police Region 4, said on Monday that Ruangsak Phanthong, of Udon Thani province, was detained in Laos on Sunday. Lao authorities were handing him over to Khon Kaen police.

Mr Ruangsak was wanted under an arrest warrant issued by the Khon Kaen provincial court for allegedly robbing the Mae Thongpool gold shop at the Big C store in Muang district of Khon Kaen on July 26.

Lao authorities found a number of gold bars in Mr Ruangsak's possession and believed they were melted down gold ornaments, Pol Maj Gen Yanyong said.

According to the deputy commissioner, Mr Ruangsak fled to Laos with an alleged accomplice, Chaimongkhol Jaibun-upatham, 37, of Chaiyaphum province, who was still at large.

On July 27, Khon Kaen police arrested two other men, identified as Supote Phetrangsee and Phraiwal Yabundit, in Udon Thani province for allegedly assisting Mr Ruangsak and Mr Chaimongkhol sell stolen gold.


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