Ex-convict arrested shortly after robbing a bank of 300,000 baht in cash

An ex-convict was arrested by police hours after he staged a solo robbery of a bank in Nakhon Pathom's Don Toom district and escaped with 300,000 baht in cash.

The former convict who was recently released from prison, identified by police as Pornchai Tunyart, 42, walked into Krung Thai's bank branch in Don Toom district, wearing crash helmet to cover up his face and long-sleeve black shirt.

The bank manager, Mrs Rungrattana Wongpo, said the lone robber walked straight to counters 6-7 where two bank officials, Mrs Uraiwan Chotekulboworn and Mr Amnart Sunthornmatcha, the deputy manager, were seated.

The robber then whipped out a pistol which was later found to be a BB gun, and went toward counter 3 to grab a bunch of cash from the drawer, put them in a bag and then escaped in his motorcycle.

The robbery took about 30 seconds, said the police.

After being alerted of the bank heist, police immediately launched a manhunt, believing that the robber had not gone too far. Not long afterward, police attached to a kiosk in Tambon Lum Hoei spotted a suspicious motorcyclist and stopped for a search which unveiled a large sum of cash and a BB pistol.

The suspect was detained and subjected to intense interrogation before he admitted to robbing the bank.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)