Police arrest 2 for necklace snatching

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Two men accused of repeated necklace snatching were captured by Pattaya police volunteers after an attempted robbery on Third Road.

Weerapong Khongplome, 23, and Weerun Khumla-iad, 22, were captured June 17 while hiding in a restroom at the Pattaya Indoor Sports Arena. One was holding a 1-baht-weight gold necklace belonging to Thippakorn Sriprasert, 23.

Weerapong Khongplome and Weerun Khumla-iad have been arrested and charged with multiple gold thefts.Weerapong Khongplome and Weerun Khumla-iad have been arrested and charged with multiple gold thefts.

Thippakorn told police she was driving from Chaimongkol Temple to the Flybird Condominiums when, while stopped at a traffic light, the two suspects pulled alongside on a Honda Click motorbike. As the light changed, one snatched her necklace, she said.

Police volunteers caught up with the suspects on Thepprasit Soi 7 and chased them to the stadium, where the two men dumped the bike and fled on foot. They were easy to corner in the restroom.

Police said both the suspects confessed to stealing numerous times from residents and tourists.