Unhappy New Year for accused necklace snatcher

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An Issan man wanting cash for New Year’s partying was arrested after allegedly snatching a gold chain from a Khon Kaen woman in Jomtien Beach.

Watcharapong Wongchalee from Mahasarakham was captured Dec. 18 with the 1-baht-weight chain and amulet belonging to 27-year-old Sasithorn Namso.

Sasithorn said she was about 50 meters from the Dongtan Beach police box when Watcharapong rode by and stole her chain. Police blocked off roads and captured the suspect near Soi 3.

Police said the suspect confessed to stealing the chain to get cash for the New Year holidays.

Sasithorn Namso provides police with a positive ID of the man who stole her gold.Sasithorn Namso provides police with a positive ID of the man who stole her gold.