By Supakorn Akkanant,
The robbery took place in Bang Lamung district, Pol Captain Setthawuth Mawanhirankul said.
Following a report of the robbery at 5am, police inspected the scene in front of Siam Commercial Bank’s Soi Noen Plub Wan branch office. Pattaya businessman Wichai Lowittaya, 55, told officers that he was waiting in a short queue to deposit Bt110,000 cash into an automatic deposit machine and was counting the cash when a man wearing a helmet pointed a gun at his back and forced him to give up the cash.
The businessman said he put up a resistance hence the robber could only snatched half the cash – or Bt55,000 – before fleeing on a motorcycle. Wichai said he gathered the rest of the cash that had spilled on the ground and phoned police.
Wichai told police that he often made such cash deposits as he thought the presence of a CCTV camera in the heavy-traffic area made it safe.
Other eyewitnesses confirmed Wicjhai’s account of a lone armed man snatching the cash from Wichai and fleeing on a motorcycle. Police are checking CCTV footage.