A Norwegian tourist had his bag snatched by two Thai men riding a motorcycle in Naklua early Wednesday morning. The 59-year-old had just withdrawn money from a local ATM and was walking back to his hotel when the motorcycle slowly drove past him and the pillion passenger snatched his bag.
According to Pattaya One, the thieves made off with 20,000 Baht in cash and two smartphones valued at approx. 30,000 Baht. As usual, police said they would examine CCTV footage in the area in an attempt to identify and arrest the culprits.
In a separate case, a Chinese tourist who was out with a large group of friends to celebrate his 40th birthday had an expensive Cartier gold necklace snatched from around his neck, apparently by a lone perpetrator also riding a motorcycle. The incident also took place in the Naklua area and “left a laceration on the man’s throat.”
According to Thaivisa.com, the owner of an electronics factory in Shanghai told police
he was crossing the road to get a taxi to his hotel when a man on a motorcycle with a closed face helmet slowed down to let him pass. “I thought it was a kind Thai person letting me cross,” said the victim, “but he soon turned on me and grabbed the gold from my neck.”
The necklace was worth an alleged 250,000 Thai Baht. As in the Norwegian case, police promised to examine security camera footage in the area in an attempt to hunt down the culprit. We wish them good luck in both cases.