Bungling gold robber caught
PHUKET: The Burmese worker who managed to get shot while robbing a gold shop last night and then lost almost all the gold he had stolen, was caught this morning.
Thursday 9 August 2012, 02:57PM
Lache Man, 19, was arrested at his rented house on Patak Soi 10 in Karon. He admitted that he had robbed the gold shop to raise some cash to pay his way home to Myanmar.
Last night, he said, he hid in a rubber plantation on Soi Suksan in Chalong, before walking to his rented home.
Police confirmed that Lache snatched 1,577 grams of gold from the gold shop.
About 1,350 grams were found dropped along his escape route; when he was arrested all that was found in his pocket was gold necklaces weighing 75 grams, leaving two more necklaces weighing 152 grams unaccounted for.
Police think he may have dropped these, too, during his headlong rush from the gold shop.
Lache was lucky not to be badly hurt; the bullet fired at him by the owner of the gold shop only scratched his wrist. But his future is not looking too rosy.