A MAN who robbed an illegal fan-tan casino in Din Daeng area last night (August 24) phoned a popular television programme asking the Justice Ministry for mercy as he is now afraid of being killed, Sanook.com said.
Only identified by his nickname Mac Anusawaree, he had called Hone-Krasae programme’s host Noom Kanchai and related that on the day of the robbery he had a problem with the casino’s guard about his car key which he had mortgaged there.
This key had previously been damaged and held together with a rubber band and he had told the guard several times that he was afraid it would break and to keep it in a safe place.
However this guard always hung it around his waist. Moments before the robbery he told the guard he was coming to pay back and get his car key the next day and why did he not keep it in a safe place.
He saw that the guard looked dissatisfied so he tried to punch him but the guard dodged and called other guards in.
This led to him pulling out his BB gun and they all backed off so he used the opportunity to grab 270,000 baht. Someone tried to charge at him, and he threatened that person with his BB gun, which uses air pressure to fire small metal balls (called BBs) and sounds like a real gun, and fled.
He then rode away on his motorcycle with no one following him.
Mac then confirmed he did not know who owned this illegal casino but he had gone there alone to gamble often. That he called this programme to ask for mercy from the Justice Ministry while accepting that what he did was wrong was that he was now afraid of being killed.
He added that this casino in Din Daeng, Pracha Songkroh Soi 8, had been operating for two to three years. It had been closed for a while but recently reopened again.
Meanwhile the National Police Chief Pol. Gen. Suwat Jangyodsuk has set up a committee to investigate this case while transferring five top policemen at Din Daeng police station to the National Police headquarters.
Top: Mac Anusawaree, right, and Hone-Krasae programme host Noom Kanchai, left. The Thai headline says, “Mac afraid of being killed.”
Below and Front Page: Screengrab images from a surveillance camera clip showing the robbery at the illegal casino. Photos: Sanook.com