A former deputy manager of a well-known private transport company has been apprehended for robbing a gold shop in an attempt to pay off his mounting online gambling debt. The 44-year-old man, known only as Methee, was arrested near the Kluai Nam Thai intersection by Thong Lor police.
Methee was suspected of stealing a one-baht weight (15.2 grams) gold necklace, valued at approximately 32,200 baht, from a shop located in a department store on Rama IV Road. The robbery took place on the evening of September 3 when Methee, posing as a customer, seized the necklace while the staff were briefly distracted.
Police managed to track down Methee through security footage and found him on the morning of September 9, still wearing the clothes seen on the day of the theft. As they approached him, Methee was attempting to enter a hotel and acted suspiciously, drawing the attention of the authorities.
Upon searching Methee, officers discovered a pawn ticket, which they confiscated as evidence. During questioning, Methee admitted to the crime and explained that his online gambling addiction had motivated him to commit the theft, as he struggled to keep up with his debt payments.
Methee confessed that he had planned the robbery for two days before executing it. He also revealed his previous position as a deputy sales manager for a prominent private transport company. Following his confession, police charged Methee with daytime larceny, and he is now being held at the Thong Lor police station.
Impact on the Community
The incident highlights the potential dangers of gambling addiction and its capacity to drive individuals to engage in criminal activities. It serves as a reminder to the community of the importance of addressing such addictions and providing support to those affected by them. With Methee’s arrest, authorities have successfully removed a potential threat to the community, while also raising awareness about the consequences of gambling addiction.
The Role of Surveillance in Crime Prevention
This case demonstrates the crucial role that surveillance technology can play in helping law enforcement solve crimes. By examining the security footage, police were able to identify Methee and apprehend him promptly. The use of such technology continues to be a vital asset in preventing and solving criminal activities, ensuring the safety and security of the community.