Chiang Mai Couple Charged For Snatching Swiss Running Champs Bag

Published on 13th April 2018 by Stickboy BKK

Chiang Mai Couple Charged For Snatching Swiss Running Champs Bag

A young couple who robbed a European running champ holidaying in Chiang Mai were arrested and charged within 10 hours of committing the crime, according to police.

National Police Chief Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda, who is currently in Chiang Mai on a crime suppression and safety campaign, presided over a press conference where the two suspects, Miss Tulaporn, 27, and Mr Pattanapong, 22, were paraded in masks for all to see.

The victim, identified only as Mr Nathan from Switzerland, told police he came to Chiang Mai for Songkran and on Wednesday night a couple approached him and offered him a lift back to his hotel.

According to Nathan’s version of events, after riding on the motorcycle for a short time, they suddenly stopped and the male driver tried to snatch his bag.

He put up a fight and they came to blows which is when the young woman took the opportunity to snatch his bag before the couple sped away after a passing teenager came to assist him.

Chiang Mai Couple Charged For Snatching Swiss Running Champs Bag

Tulaporn and her boyfriend Pattanapong offered a different account of what happened saying the tourist asked them for a ride offering them 50 baht as payment.

Once they arrived close to the hotel the couple claim the tourist wouldn’t pay for the ride leading to an altercation which is when Tulaporn snatched the runners bag containing a GoPro camera stating she did so as he would pay up.

Police weren’t buying the young couples story and charged them with theft at night.

Mr Nathan thanked police for their speedy arrest but voiced his disappointment in not getting his camera back as the robbers had thrown it into a canal.

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