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A group of three men and a women who appeared to be Muslims snatched several gold necklaces from a Bangkok shop. They fled in a taxicab, but salesclerks did not get the taxicab’s license plate number. Police suspect the Muslims are wandering to steal from various gold shops.

BANGKOK – March 21, 2013 [PDN]; At 4:30 p.m., a report of thieves stealing property from a gold shop was received by Pol. Lt. Phongthep Sangparn, investigation officer, Ladphrao police station, Bangkok. He rushed to the scene with Pol. Lt. Col. Thanee Jittharm, Inspector, Ladphrao police station, and the detective police team.

The incident occurred at Thiangtharm gold shop, address 3147/49 Ladphrao road, Tambon Khlongjan, Amphur Bangkapi, Bangkok.

Officers arrived at the scene, a 3-story building occupying 2 blocks, with the gold shop on the ground-level floor. Waiting for the police was the frightened salesclerk, Ms. Saranya Noimala, age 23.

She told police that at 3 p.m., four foreign thieves had entered the store and snatched several gold necklaces. The thieves were between ages 30-40. Three of them were male, and the other was a female. The female thief was dressed as an Islam native, with the cloth covering her head. All of them could not speak the Thai language.

When the thieves entered the shop, they asked to see gold necklaces with a weight of 3 THB. So she displayed the gold jewelry for them to inspect. Within 5 minutes, all of the thieves had chosen gold necklaces, totaling more than 10 pieces.

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So Ms. Saranya put all of the gold jewelry into the tray. Then one of the thieves suddenly grasped the gold necklace. But another salesclerk saw the incident, so she ran to grab the thief’s hand and shouted. But the thief flicked her hand off, and grabbed 3 gold necklaces totaling 9 THB weight.

Then the four thieves ran out from the shop and got in a taxi to escape. The sales clerks were unable to note the color and license number of taxi. Ms. Saranya then notified the police of the theft.

Pol. Lt. Phongthep Sangparn said he initially assumed the thieves might be a gang of Muslim people wandering to steal property in many gold shops, but they might not be from the local area.

The detectives will call the gold shop owner and the sales staff to be investigated in detail again. Officers will also inspect the CCTV in the shop, to follow up to arrest the thieves to prosecute further according to the law.

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