3 suspects arrested after money truck heist

3 suspects arrested after money truck heist
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Three suspects allegedly involved in the June 19 money truck robbery have been apprehended. The thieves got away with Bt15 million (S$598,650) in cash when they robbed a truck that was delivering cash to a branch of Kasikornbank inside Tesco Lotus Rama I in Bangkok. They fled the scene on motorcycles.

Marut Kaenkhamlor, 29, was arrested when he put the motorcycle used in the robbery up for sale on the Internet and the police posed as buyers. Thaweewong Homnian, 31, and his wife, Araya Palarak, 31, were arrested during a pre-dawn search in Bangkok's Nang Lerng area.

Police searched Marut's house and found four guns and ammunition in a trash bin in front of the house. Police also searched Thaweewong's house and seized a Rolex wristwatch, a Bt2.8 million land title deed for a Nonthaburi house and a cashier's cheque for Bt2.6 million.

Police spotted a female suspect who followed the money truck guards at the branch on the day of robbery. Security camera footage analysis showed two male suspects on a motorcycle, which was later used in the robbery, had scouted the area on June 12. The motorcycle was advertised online for sale at Bt6,500, possibly in an attempt to get rid of the evidence. Marut was nabbed when he showed up to sell the motorbike. He was interrogated and confessed to conspiring with Thaweewong, Araya and another man named Sattra Suksom.

Marut said Thaweewong and Sattra robbed the money truck. Police found that Sattra had travelled to Japan on the night of the robbery; hence, Immigration Police have been told to be on the lookout and arrest him when he returns.

Police found that Thaweewong and Sattra had police records; Thaweewong had been charged with attempted murder in the Din Daeng area, and Sattra had been accused of attempted murder in the Bhupparam area four years ago.

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