Gold snatcher caught by lion dancers

Gold snatcher caught by lion dancers

Members of a lion-dance troupe hold Preecha Inna firmly on the ground after he knocked over an elderly woman as he fled from a gold shop with two necklaces in Nakhon Sawan's Muang district on Monday. (Photo by Chalit Poomruang)
Members of a lion-dance troupe hold Preecha Inna firmly on the ground after he knocked over an elderly woman as he fled from a gold shop with two necklaces in Nakhon Sawan's Muang district on Monday. (Photo by Chalit Poomruang)

NAKHON SAWAN: A man who snatched two 10-baht gold necklaces from a gold shop was caught by members of a lion-dance troupe as he fled through Muang district on Monday, police said.

Chaiwat Wangwisit, the owner of Yak Mee Tang gold shop on Kosi road opposite Wat Nakhon Sawan temple, said that about 4.30pm a skinny middle-aged man, wearing a grey jacket and orange pants, walked into the shop and asked to see two 10-baht gold necklaces.

The shop attendant became distracted and the man fled from the shop with the necklaces, heading in the direction of Sawan Withi road, which had been closed for a parade to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

He ran into an elderly woman and fell to the ground. As he got up and tried to run away he was blocked by the woman's son who called for help. The gold snatcher was then caught by members of a lion-dance troupe who were preparing for a performance.

The man was identified as Preecha Inna, 34, of tambon Bang Phra Luang in Muang district.

Mr Preecha said he fled with the gold because, as a farmer, he and his family had been hard hit by the continuing drought.



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