PATHUM THANI — Police have arrested a man who confessed to robbing a bank in Pathum Thani in order to buy a gold necklace for his angry wife.
The robbery took place at Klong Sam branch of Thanachart Bank in Thanyaburi district on 15 May. Witnesses said the suspect took away over 300,000 baht in cash.
Thanawut Sampan, 27, reportedly confessed to the police after his arrest today that he robbed the bank with a fake handgun and a getaway motorcycle that he had commandeered from a local motorcycle taxi driver.
Mr. Thanawut said that after the robbery, he parked the motorcycle near Wat Perm Thaan, changed his clothes, and hailed a cab to a bus station, where he took a bus to his hideout in Chantaburi province.
However, Thanawut said that four days after the robbery he discovered that his grandmother had passed away, and decided to return to Pathum Thani province and attend her funeral. Police say they received a tip-off from local residents and eventually arrested Mr. Thanawut while he was having lunch at a local restaurant.
The suspect claimed that his wife left him, prior to the robbery, because he was poor and unemployed. Determined to win her back, Mr. Thanawut said he robbed the bank and used the money to buy her a gold necklace.
Mr. Thanawut added that his wife was not aware of the robbery.
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