Gold snatcher caught after 10 days

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Pittaya Darin reenacts the crime for the cameras. He was arrested at his Soi Nonghin apartment after he allegedly snatched Russian tourist Valentina Mzheenko’s gold necklace.
Pittaya Darin reenacts the crime for the cameras. He was arrested at his Soi Nonghin apartment after he allegedly snatched Russian tourist Valentina Mzheenko’s gold necklace.

It took 10 days, but Pattaya police found the man who stole a Russian tourist’s gold necklace.

Pittaya Darin, 26, was arrested at his Soi Nonghin apartment Feb. 8. Police said he confessed and dug up the gold necklace and cross he had snatched from the neck of Valentina Mzheenko, 47, on Jan. 30.

Mzheenko had been walking on Soi Wat Boonkan­chanaram 5 around 8 a.m. when Pittaya drove by on his motorbike and snatched the pendant.

Security cameras showed his escape, but he shed the black shirt and helmet he had been wearing and police lost him. However, his motorbike popped up again on city CCTV cameras outside his apartment and police swooped in.