Teen beer-theft gang arrested
- Published: 8/01/2013 at 06:21 PM
- Online news:
PATHUM THANI : Ten teenagers, nine of them minors, have been arrested over a series of armed robberies of beer and condoms at convenience stores in Lam Luk Ka and Thanyaburi districts during the New Year's holiday, police said.
The 10 youths, nine of them between 15 and 17, were brought to a press conference at the Pathum Thani police's Crime Suppression Centre on Tuesday.
During the arrests, police said they seized two homemade guns, a machete, three motorcycles and a stolen mobile phone.
On Dec 21, a gang of youths, armed with guns and a cleaver, stormed into Tesco Lotus Express convenience store in Thanyaburi district, grabbed assorted cans of beers and condoms, and got away on motorcycles. They also stole a mobile phone from a staff member at the store, provincial police chief Samithi Mookdasanit, said.
Youths from the same group allegedly carried out similar robberies at two branches of Tesco Lotus Express in Lam Luk Ka district - one in Soi Paholyothin 39 on Dec 25, and the other in the Klong 3 area last Sunday.
Pol Maj-Gen Samithi said footage taken from security cameras at the three robbed stores had images of the gang members, and witnesses confirmed their identities. The accused gang members all lived in the Rangsit area of Thanyaburi district, he added.
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