4 arrested in tourist bag snatch

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Pattaya police arrested three men who allegedly snatched a handbag from a Kazakh tourist.

Chusak Sakulthong, 23, Suriya Mahaniyom, 22, and Surachat Kachai, 24, were apprehended near Bali Hai Pier minutes after Yanina Navruzova, 29, reported her bag stolen at the Naval Radio Station viewpoint on Pratamnak Hill June 20.

They were charged with theft using a vehicle. Police also arrested Boonlert Aubon, 53, charged with receiving stolen property.

Police said the men confessed to stealing the bag to get money for fun and drugs. After taking the bag, they left it with Boonlert.

Police round up the miscreants for a press photo.Police round up the miscreants for a press photo.

The bag, containing, a Samsung mobile phone and 3,160 baht was returned to the tourist.

At the same press conference, police also announced the arrest of Vongdeun Nari, 40, for possession of a 9mm handgun and 12 rounds of ammunitin.