By Kittipong Maneerit
An informed source said Pipaspongpas Suksawaspipat, 59, was nabbed in response to an arrest warrant in Chanthaburi province while he was trying to cross the borders into Cambodia.
A court approved an arrest warrant for Pipaspongpas on Wednesday after he made off from his fake jewelry shop in Bangkok’s Bang Rak district with a Bt10 million gem.
He had pretended to examine the diamond during what his Indian victim, 44-year-old Jain Vaiphav, believed was a normal business negotiation on Tuesday afternoon.
Vaivphav had advertised the diamond for sale on a website, and Pipaspongpas approached him and invited him to the fake shop. There, Pipaspongpas discussed a deal before asking to see the stone in natural light. However he made off in a waiting motorcycle and locked Vaiphav inside.
Vaiphav had to smash a locked glass door to get out and alert police.