Security guard tackles would-be necklace thief in Jomtien

Friday, 06 January 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 1 By  Boonlua Chatree

A hotel security guard captured a teenage boy who allegedly snatched a gold chain from around the neck of a Russian tourist in Jomtien Beach.

Vichai Kutamaasun, 32, tackled the teen thief as he fled on his motorbike from the Furama Beach Jomtien Hotel Dec. 26. Police arriving at the scene found him still holding the 60,000 baht gold necklace belonging to Larisa Metelkina, 46.

Vichai Kutamaasun keeps a close eye on snatch and run thief “Oil”. Vichai Kutamaasun keeps a close eye on snatch and run thief “Oil”.

Metelkina said she had been walking outside the hotel around midnight with her husband when the boy suspect, identified only as “Oil,” sped by and grabbed her chain, breaking it.

Vichai witnessed the theft and quickly raced to catch the teen before he could escape.

Police said Oil confessed to stealing the necklace as he didn’t have any money to party with on New Year’s Eve.

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