Karon currency exchange booth robbed

28 Nov 2011

A currency exchange booth at Karon Beach was robbed at knifepoint on Saturday evening. The robber struck just as the two staff at the Siam Commercial Bank outlet were about to close for the day at 20:00.

One of the two cashiers, Amnard Ponpramun, 27, told police afterwards that he and colleague 22-year-old Wilaiwan Khao Ong were just leaving when the robber pushed them back inside with the knife causing several light cuts on his stomach. He said that the thief bound and gagged Ms Khao Ong at knifepoint, before forcing him to open the safe.   

Mr Ponpramun said the robber emptied the safe of an estimated two million Baht in banknotes primarily consisting of Singapore dollars, British pounds and Thai Baht. The bank teller said the robber then bagged up his haul before binding and gagging him.  

The robber then fled. Mr Ponpramun said the two bank staff managed to get free eventually and then called police. Mr Ponpramun described the robber as around 180cms tall with some facial hair. Police said that it was too dark at the currency exchange booth for nearby CCTV cameras to capture a usable image of the robber.

Local police superintendent Krittapad Dejintorasorn said the two tellers said the robber spoke the southern Thai dialect, which seemed to indicate that he was a local man. He said officers hoped to work up a composite sketch of the robber from other CCTV points in the area and ask for the public’s help in apprehending him. 

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