Five Vietnamese nationals were arrested for stealing cash from crowded shops in popular tourist areas in Chiang Mai’s Muang district, provincial police chief Pol Maj-General Montri Sambunnanont said yesterday.
The gang – comprised of four men aged 18-44 and a 23-year-old woman – were presented to the press along with Bt3,530 remaining cash and nine cell phones. They had allegedly carried out similar crimes in Chiang Mai province twice before, police said.
Montri said the gang stole about Bt2,000 cash from a bag shop in the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar area and another Bt2,000 from a pillow case shop in Tha Phae Gate on December 31. Hunting for suspects according to damaged persons’ descriptions, police spotted these suspects at the Pratu Chiang Mai area and stopped them for a check but they ran.
Police captured one 44-year-old suspect and with the information provided, arrested another four people at a hotel, Montri said. Police is now keeping an eye out for another Vietnamese accomplice.