The Grab driver removed the license plates from his motorbike.
When: December 25th, 2020
Where: Ban Pet subdistrict, Khon Kaen
Perpetrators: Grab food driver
Victims: Ms. Pawanrat Sansang, 29
What: Khon Kaen police received a report from Ms. Pawanrat Sansang, 29, owner of a shop in Ban Pet subdistrict of Khon Kaen. The theft happened on December 25th, 2020.
A Grab food drive is the suspect that was caught on CCTV camera. He wore a black helmet with two white lines on the black, black shoes, and drove a red and black Honda Wave motorbike with no license plates.
He parked in front of the shop and delivered food to a customer. Then walked into the store, snuck around, and stole the shopkeeper’s shoulder bag. He then fled the scene.
The bag contained cash, cell phone, and a gold ring.
The shopkeeper had given birth just a month ago. The shopkeeper’s mom was taking care of the baby upstairs when the theft took place. The shopkeeper was fixing the toilet when the theft took place. When she realized the bag was gone, she reviewed CCTV footage and saw the Grab driver on film.
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My take: The theft is a crime of opportunity that 20 years ago would have been difficult to solve. CCTV is so ubiquitous in Thailand that pulling off a theft like this almost always leads to the arrest of the suspect. The Grab bag grabber took a couple steps to avoid identification: license plates weren’t on the bike, and he wore a helmet.
But there’s probably enough caught on tape to ID him, or they can follow up with the Grab company to identify the driver who had delivered to that area.
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