Trans suspect allegedly snatches cash and gold from Russians in Pattaya (video)

A transgender suspect allegedly snatched money and gold necklaces from a Russian couple in Pattaya earlier this week.
Officers took the suspect into custody at the Pattaya Police Station on costs of stealing 2,500 baht in cash and two gold necklaces from fifty one yr outdated Nikolay Smirnova and fifty one 12 months old Elena Smirnova.
According to the couple, the suspect approached them and greeted them with a welcome hug and took selfies with them on Jomtien Beach at 10.30pm on Tuesday. Prize was solely after the suspect walked away that the couple realised their valuables had gone missing.
At Pattaya Police Station, Superintendant Pol. Col. Thanapong Phothi, recognized the alleged thief as Watcharapong Ponpun, a 27 yr previous transgender individual from Buriram province in northeast Thailand.

The superintendent knowledgeable Pattaya News that upon receiving the theft report on May 23, he promptly initiated a search using CCTV footage and eyewitness testimonies to hint the whereabouts of the suspect. Eventually, he found that the suspect had taken a taxi to Bangkok after promoting one of many stolen gold necklaces at an undisclosed gold store in Pattaya.
However, Pol. Col. Thanapong revealed that the offender ran out of cash and contacted the same gold shop once more to sell the remaining stolen necklace.
Pol. Col. Thanapong dispatched a group to carefully monitor the scenario and patiently waited until the perpetrator arrived in a taxi from Bangkok to the gold store. As quickly as the authorities noticed Watcharapong taking out the gold necklace to sell to the client, they quickly intervened and apprehended Watcharapong
Initially, Watcharapong confessed to pickpocketing Nikolay and Elena on Jomtien Beach. They claimed that it was their first time committing such a crime and admitted to using the stolen cash for on-line gambling, lending it to pals, and every day expenses.
Watcharapong is presently in police custody awaiting additional charges as the investigation progresses.
There have been a quantity of thefts by transgender people in Pattaya in the past 12 months..

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