Officers led by Patong Police Deputy Chief Lt Col Somsak Thongkleng inspected the scene,
at the Yaowarat Namchok gold shop on Phra Meita Rd, yesterday morning.
“The security CCTV footage at the shop showed a tall man, who stood about 1.8 metres tall, spending about 30 minutes breaking through a brick wall at the back of the shop at about 5:30am,” Col Somsak said.
When the man entered the premises he was wearing a cardboard box on his head to prevent his face being caught on camera, Col Somsak added.
However, the would-be thief failed to open the safe, which stands two metres tall and two metres wide.
“The handle was broken in his attempts to open the safe,” Col Somsak said. “He also searched the room for other valuables, but found none, and so he left,” he added.
Although the man was wearing gloves, police have dusted the scene for any fingerprints or other evidence that may help to identify the robber, Col Somsak noted.
“The suspect was dressed in long shorts to his knees and a short-sleeved T-shirt revealing a tattoo on his left arm,” he said, adding that police have so far been unable to determine what the tattoo is an image of.
“However, because of his height, we believe the man may be a foreigner,” Col Somsak said.
“Our officers are attempting to track him down now,” he added.