Police search for stolen gold in Chao Phraya River

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SING BURI – The police are searching for stolen gold ornaments in the Chao Phraya River after the suspected gold robber said he dumped the gold necklaces in the river near the Bang Rachan Bridge.

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National police chief, Pol Gen ChakthipChaijinda supervised the search by diving teams near the Sangkharachawat Temple in Sing Buri.

The suspect, identified as PrasitthichaiKhaokaew, a headmaster of a school in Sing Buri province confessed to the crime, in which three persons, including a toddler were killed.

Prasitthichai told the police during interrogation that he dumped the stolen gold necklaces, worth about 680,000 baht into the river.

The search operation started on Thursday morning and was resumed in the afternoon.

The national police chief then went to the Wat Pho Chai school, 14 kilometres away to serach for more evidence, destroyed there as claimed by the suspect.

The national police chief interrogated the suspect on Thursday morning at a police station in Lop Buri.

In a press briefing after the interrogation, he refused to elaborate on the motive behind the robbery, saying he would disclose the details tomorrow at the Royal Thai Police Bureau.

The suspect acted alone and is not a scapegoat. He was cooperative in the investigation, Pol Gen Chakthip said.