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Company clerk, rider likely linked to 3.4m baht payroll theft


CHONBURI police found the motorcycle and a pickup truck used in the theft of 3.46 million baht payroll at the car park of a bank yesterday afternoon (Sept. 20) with the company clerk from whom the large amount of cash was snatched being the owner of the latter, TV Channel 7 said.

Police now believe that at least two persons were involved in this theft.

Found 50 metres within a sugarcane field at Ban Bueng district where the bank is also located was the motorbike used by the thief wearing a food delivery rider’s uniform. Also found there was the bike’s cover and some spare parts.

Investigation revealed that the thief then drove a white pickup truck to a garage in Mueang Chonburi, about 20 kilometres away, and parked it there. A police team immediately came to lift the suspect’s fingerprints from the vehicle.

The garage’s staff said a man of around 20 years of age who looked like the thief as seen in a video clip had made an appointment to drop off the vehicle for repairs on Monday Sept. 19 but instead delivered it at around 2.30 p.m. yesterday.

It was found out that this pickup truck belonged to Ms. Prapaporn (surname withheld), 29, the company’s clerk who had withdrawn 3.5 million baht payroll and together with the driver took it to the van from where it was stolen.

Police tried to contact her but she could not be reached nor were they able to find her at her house as she had clearly fled.

It was discovered that Prapaporn earned around 30,000 baht a month from the company she worked for. However she is her family’s breadwinner and had to pay instalments for the pickup truck, a big bike and many other items.


Top: Police recover the motorcycle used in the theft that had been left at a sugarcane field. 

Prapaporn speaking to the police after the robbery yesterday, first below, and the thief zooming away with the cash, second below. All photos: Naewna

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