Thirsty couple arrested for alleged bag snatch

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A Thai couple needing money for a late-night drink allegedly snatched a handbag from a 21-year-old woman and tossed all but her wallet.

Payak Suchaiya, 24, and his 32-year-old girlfriend Sirijit Jainoi were apprehended on Soi Khao Talo shortly after allegedly stealing the purse of 21-year-old Thippawan Wonglakon as she walked to a taxi stand on Soi Yensabai around 1:40 a.m. Aug. 10.

Inside the bag was 770 baht, a Samsung mobile phone, a famous monk amulet, two memory cards, a bottle of perfume, identification card and other documents, she said.

Payak Suchaiya and his girlfriend Sirijit Jainoi have been arrested and charged with assault and theft. Payak Suchaiya and his girlfriend Sirijit Jainoi have been arrested and charged with assault and theft.

Police said the couple confessed to snatching the handbag because they had no money to buy alcohol. Payak, a two-time convicted drug user and construction worker, and Sirjit, a hairdresser, said they didn’t know what to do with the bag once they had it and threw away everything except the money on Soi Nong Krabok.

Police searched their apartment, but did not recover Thippawan’s valuables. The amateur bag snatchers were charged with robbery and assault.