Another suspect in April ATM burglary arrested

Friday, 30 May 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 22 By  Theerarak Suthathiwong

Pattaya-area police have arrested a third man in last month’s robbery of a Sukhumvit Road automated-teller machine.

Tanongsak Boonket, 24, was apprehended May 21 in front of a Bangkok convenience store carrying 100,000 baht of the 2 million baht stolen from the Siam Commercial Bank ATM outside S-Concrete Co. April 29. A subsequent search of his South Pattaya apartment recovered another 120,000 baht.

Tanongsak Boonket is the third man arrested for last month’s robbery of a Sukhumvit Road automated-teller machine.Tanongsak Boonket is the third man arrested for last month’s robbery of a Sukhumvit Road automated-teller machine.

All but one of the four suspects in the heist that employed a blow torch to drill through the lock of the ATM cabinet have been captured. Atit Sangprasert, 32, was captured May 1 at his home in Pathum Thani. Region 2 police recovered 200,000 baht in slightly singed 1,000-baht notes, welding equipment and the black Honda CR-V identified in security-camera footage. And Tanongsak’s 17-year-old brother Suksan was also captured shortly after.

Police said Tanongsak admitted he was the one who used the welding torch to drill into the ATM. Once they got the money, the thieves split the loot and he hid 120,000 baht underneath the bed in his rental room, then fled to Bangkok where he has been having a good time spending money, he said.

The same burglars are suspected to have committed four other ATM robberies in Bangkok, but were never caught.

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