The mother of fugitive Sattra Suksom, who was allegedly involved in the June 19 money truck robbery in Bangkok, has returned Bt496,000 (S$19,700) to police because she suspected it to be ill-gotten gains and directed the police to impound her son's brand-new car.
The car was parked inside Bangkok's Don Mueang Airport.
Sattra was implicated in the crime by three arrested alleged accomplices, who claimed he was one of the two armed motorcycle-riding thieves who stole more than Bt10 million, as the truck was delivering cash to a branch of Kasikornbank inside Tesco Lotus Rama I.
After Chalita Pattarawanon returned the money on Wednesday night, police seized Sattra's Honda Civic sedan early yesterday morning and searched Sattra's Bang Bua apartment.
Chalita told police that her son left her the money, which he claimed to have earned from gambling, on July 4, before he travelled overseas on July 6.
After learning from the media that her son was wanted for his alleged involvement in the robbery, Chalita said her son admitted to her that he was involved in the crime, so she told him to come to Thailand and surrender to police soon.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lt-General Sriwara Rangsipramanakul said Sattra's June 29 car purchase for Bt900,000 cash was done under Chalita's name.
Sriwara urged anyone in possession of ill-gotten assets connected with the robbery to return them to police or face prosecution.
In related news, police and the Bank of Thailand have established a centre for fake banknote crime prevention and suppression at the police force's head office as part of proactive measures, said police spokesman Lt-General Prawut Thawornsiri.
He said that at a meeting of the new entity yesterday measures aimed at preventing robberies in various forms, including money-truck robberies were discussed.