Snatch-and-run thieves 3, Pattaya police 0

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Irima Burika explains to police how two youths on a motorbike sped by she and her husband and son, snatched her green handbag and escaped.
Irima Burika explains to police how two youths on a motorbike sped by she and her husband and son, snatched her green handbag and escaped.

It was thieves 3, Pattaya police 0 after the third Russian in nine days lost their valuables to snatch-and-run robbers.

Irima Burika, 39, became the latest victim as she and her husband and son walked back to their hotel on Naklua Soi 16 Nov. 26. Two youths on a motorbike sped by, snatched her green handbag and escaped.

Police again checked escape routes and CCTV but were unable to locate the thieves.

Inside the purse were US$100, 4,000 baht and an Apple iPhone.

The theft is the third against Russian tourists since Nov. 17.

Kotlova Irina, 30, was on Naklua Soi 12 using her iPhone X when a motorcyclist saw her eyes were fixed on the screen and not her surroundings and easily rode by and grabbed it from her hand.

That robbery comes a day after another Russian tourist had a 50,000-baht gold necklace snatched from her neck in South Pattaya.