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2 Million Baht in Gold Swiped from Department Store by Armed Robber in Korat

Authorities aren’t sure if it was a man or woman robber.

When: January 19th, 2021

Where: Non Thai district, Nakhon Ratchasima province

Perpetrator: Masked robber with red pants

Victim: Gold shop

What: On January 19th, 2021, police in Korat (Nakhon Ratchasima), responded to an armed robbery at the Yaowarat gold shop in the Tesco Lotus at the Non Thai district branch in Korat. The robbery happened around 7PM. The robber wore red trousers, a light green long sleeve shirt, a hat, and a mask, with a pistol of unknown caliber.

The armed robber ordered staff to get on the floor. They jumped over the counter and grabbed as much gold as they could, stuffing it into a cloth bag. They drove a blue Mio motorbike and fled toward Samrong subdistrict.

Authorities reviewed CCTV and found the robber held the gun like a woman, according to the report. Investigators are unsure of the robber’s gender. They did threaten the staff they would be shot if they did not get on the floor. The robber was able to grab 119 gold necklaces with a total weight of 72 baht of gold, valued at 1.9 million Thai baht.

Video of the incident:

The incident comes almost 1 year exactly from the incident where a man shot and killed several people at a mall in Lopburi in January 2020.

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My take: From the CCTV, it really does look like the robber was either a very small man or a very bold woman.

I can definitely understand why the workers were spooked. Not only was it an armed robbery, but the memories from 1 year ago are surely still fresh in the minds of every clerk at a gold shop throughout the country.

Source: https://www.khaosod.co.th/crime/news_5772629

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