East Pattaya man nabbed for purse snatching

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An East Pattaya man was arrested for allegedly stealing a bag from a Russian tourist in Jomtien Beach.

Narong Chanrasamee, 21, was captured April 21 about 200 meters from the scene of the robbery on Jomtien Beach Soi 2. Police found him with a handbag containing an Apple iPhone, 1,200 baht, makeup and travel documents reported stolen by Irina Kirsanova, 23.

The Russian tourist said she had stopped on the beach to have a bite to eat when a man came by, grabbed her purse, and ran off.

A resident of Soi Khao Talo, Narong previously had been arrested on drug charges. Police said he confessed to the bag snatch, saying he needed the money for food, rent and daily expenses.

Narong Chanrasamee allegedly confessed to snatching a handbag from a Russian tourist.Narong Chanrasamee allegedly confessed to snatching a handbag from a Russian tourist.