One of three alleged pickpockets nearly escaped with some of their bounty until police found $500 in her underwear.
Bancha Yosyingyong, 26, Darunee Bunkert, 49, and Sunet Kiewsa-ad, 45, were apprehended around 4:30 p.m. Oct. 24 near the northern entrance to Walking Street. American Malcolm Bashi, 68, was waiting at Pattaya Police Station to point an accusatory finger at the suspects.
When police returned his wallet, however, Bashi said he was still missing six $100 bills. Bancha claimed he dropped $100 on the police station sofa. The two women denied any knowledge of the money’s whereabouts.
Police have arrested pickpocket gang Bancha Yosyingyong, Darunee Bunkert, and Sunet Kiewsa-ad.
Female officers searched the two suspects, however, finding five $100 bills in Darunee’s panties.
The three suspects have been arrested numerous times before, police admitted, noting that informants had been keeping tabs on them that afternoon when they witnessed the lift of Bashi’s wallet at Thepprasit Road and Jomtien Second Road.