PATTANI (Bernama) — Two armed women were among five individuals who robbed a goldsmith shop of jewellery worth more than THB22 million (RM3 million) in Nathavi, Songkhla, southern Thailand, last Saturday.
Nathavi district police chief Kol Pol Akkarat Suansenn said the robbers, who were dressed like rangers, struck at the shop in the town centre at about 1.30pm and fled with 15kg of gold jewellery.
“The two women were armed with M16 and AK47 and the robbery was over in less than 10 minutes.
“The robbers also took with them the computer which was linked to the CCTV,” he said when contacted yesterday.
Akkarat said there were four female workers in the shop at that time.
Preliminary investigations show that a van reported stolen in Pattani was used in the robbery.
“The van owner reported to police in Nong Chik that a group of men and women had approached him on the pretext of wanting to rent his van to go to Hatyai, Songkhla.
“They tied him up and blindfolded him before leaving him in a rubber estate and escaping with his van,” he said.
The van was later recovered in Kampung Pobit Thai, Nathavi, about 15km from the goldsmith shop.