Teen couple arrested for targeting foreigners for necklace snatches

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A Huay Yai couple has been arrested for targeting foreigners in a string of necklace snatches.

Theerapat Keudruang, 19, and Jarijira Champaathong, 18, were apprehended April 28 after crashing their red Honda motorbike while trying to flee police.

The couple is accused of taking a three-baht weight necklace and Lord Ganesh gold amulet from the neck of Canadian Michelle Ohalorub as he and his father rode on a motorbike near Third Road’s Mityon shop. The 35-year-old immediately called police with a description of the thieves.

Theerapat Keudruang and Jarijira Champaathong have confessed to snatching gold necklaces from tourists in order to fund their partying. Theerapat Keudruang and Jarijira Champaathong have confessed to snatching gold necklaces from tourists in order to fund their partying.

Police said that, under interrogation, Theerapat and Jarijira admitted to stealing the necklace, as well as victimizing seven other foreigners in South Pattaya, including several at the Pattaya International Music Festival.

Investigators said the couple said they used the money to buy three motorbikes and have plenty of pocket money for partying.

They were charged with several theft-related charges.