Phuket locals attack phone thieves at Wat Chalong, leave bruises

Two thieves trying to steal phones from visitors at Wat Chalong yesterday felt the wrath of locals who took the matter into their own hands and attacked the two men leaving them with facial injuries.

At 9:30pm yesterday, while he was carrying out routine duties at Wat Chalong, Capt. Anantachai Piyapanan of the Chalong Police received a call from the village headman Wasu Sanguannam, who said that local residents had caught two robbers on the grounds of the temple.

When police arrived at the scene they found a crowd of people surrounding two men who had bruises on their faces.

Also at the scene were two women, Nanthicha Searmjabok, 28, and Janejira Somboon, 19, who were waiting for police to arrive.

One of the two woman told police that while they were walking through the temple grounds the two men had hit them and tried to open their bags and steal their phones before being caught by locals.

“Luckily we realised before they managed to take them, and I called my boyfriend who was nearby. The suspects tried to run away so we shouted for other people to stop them, which they managed to do,” the woman said.

Capt. Anantachai said, “The first of the two men that locals caught was Duangden Panna, 37, from Trat. However, the second man has not yet been identified by police.

“We believed that the suspects part of a team. We will investigate to get the other robbers and they will be also be facing legal action,” said Capt. Anantachai.

Story: The Phuket News

 

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