Ukrainian Arrested in 200,000 Baht Robbery

Cops investigate the crime scene on 8 Feb 2015.

CHONBURI — A Ukrainian man has been arrested on suspicion of robbing more than 200,000 baht from a currency exchange office in the resort town of Pattaya.

The robbery took place at Rachata Money Exchange on Pattaya's Sai Sam Road on 8 February. Police say the suspect held the shop's staff at gunpoint while he stole at least 200,000 baht. The man reportedly spoke English throughout the heist.

Today police officers in Pattaya arrested a 27-year-old Ukrainian man who they say matches the description of the robbery suspect. The Ukrainian was reportedly arrested at a tour company he works for in town.

Police say that the suspect's motorcycle is the same type used by the man who robbed the money exchange. A raid on the suspect's residence turned up bullets for a BB gun, though no gun was found.

The suspect denied the charges and insisted that he was drinking beer with his friends at the time of the robbery, police say.

Pol.Col. Sukthat Pumpanmuang, superintendent of Mueang Pattaya Police, told reporters that the suspect's forensic samples have been taken for testing to determine whether they match traces found around the crime scene.

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