BANGKOK - A Malaysian man was arrested in Chiang Rai suspected of snatching a New Zealand woman's handbag.
According to The Nation, Thai police identified the man as Asri Awng, who alleged that he came to Thailand to look for his wife but failed to find her and ran out of cash.
The daily reported that Sgt Maj Kittidej Khothawee, who was directing traffic at the Mae Fah Luang airport intersection on Sept 6, saw the woman chasing the man who was running from a passenger bus at the intersection.
The man was seen throwing away a bag.
Kittidej caught up with the man and managed to overpower him. He found a Bt1,000 (S$40.50) note in his back pocket.
The woman, identified as Campbell Madeline, suffered bruises on her arms and knees when she fell during the chase.
The man told police he was taking the Mae Sai bus to Bangkok and noticed the woman was carrying an expensive bag, so he decided to snatch it when the bus was slowing down at the intersection.