With some regularity we read about robberies of gold shops in the country, usually committed by a male person, therefore it is remarkable that a girl of 17 years has gone down this criminal path.
The Central Youth and Family Court has temporarily released a 17-year-old girl who robbed a gold shop with a knife last Sunday.
The principal of her school has paid 15,000 baht as bail for her release.
Last Sunday afternoon, the girl, who is from Roi Et Province, entered the Rattanathibet branch of the Big C hypermarket in Nonthaburi Province. She was wearing a cap, gloves and a face mask.
After entering the branch of the gold shop Yaowarat Krungthep there, she took out a kitchen knife and gave a piece of paper and a black plastic bag to the 21-year-old manager of the shop, Khun Kulpanisa Dabut, who was standing behind the counter at the time.
The note reads: “Put money and gold in this bag, don’t start yelling because you’re in control of your life, there’s no need to kill you.”
Panisa did as she was told and put necklaces and rings in the bag. The jewellery totalling 13.75 baht (208.4 grams) would be worth 400,000 baht.
She gave her the bag, but as the girl ran out of the store, Kulpanisa screamed for help. A police officer was patrolling the mall and happened to be walking in the opposite direction and managed to grab the girl.
The girl later told police that she put some money into an online investment website after seeing an ad on Instagram. Encouraged by a hefty yield initially, she put in the 50,000 baht life insurance benefit from her father’s death. She soon discovered that it was a fraud when she was unable to contact the website.
When her mother, who had contracted the Covid19 virus and was being treated in the province, started asking for the money, she didn’t know what else to do.
Boonruam, her grandmother with whom she lives during her studies, told police that the girl had lived with her for three years. In recent months, she has been learning online at home and never told her about her problems. On Sunday, her granddaughter told her she was going to see a dentist.
According to Section 339 of the Criminal Code, robbery is punishable by a prison sentence of 5-10 years and a fine of 10,000-20,000 baht. The penalty is waived for persons under 15 years of age and halved for persons 15 to 18 years of age. If the sentence is longer than three years, it can be suspended.
Cybercrime investigators are also investigating the case to take legal action against the scammers behind the website.
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