Pattaya police ordered to step up efforts against handbag and jewelry snatchers captured a pair of 22-year-olds who allegedly robbed a Russian tourist.
Chonburi Maj. Gen. Khatcha Thatsart ordered Pattaya Police Superintendent Col. Supachai Puikaewkam to task more officers to patrol in order to prevent the frequent street robberies.
During one patrol, Kerlina Vaskanowis, 32, reported that two individuals on a Honda Wave motorbike stole her handbag containing an Apple iPhone, 1,020 baht and a motorbike helmet.
Police bring out the suspects to announce the arrest to the media.
Police scoured the area near the crime scene at Soi 3 and Second Road, quickly capturing Issan natives Saran Pinyoying and Danai Konkam.
Police said the pair confessed to snatching many bags because they were unemployed and needed cash for partying and expenses.