UPDATE: Rawai armed bank robber arrested within six hours

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An armed bank robber who robbed a bank in a shopping mall in Rawai before speeding away with 160,000 baht this afternoon has been arrested within six hours.

Our previous story:

The Chalong Police was notified of the incident at 1:00 P.M. this afternoon (July 25th) at a bank in a shopping mall in Rawai, Mueang Phuket district. Bank staffers told police the suspect sped away with 160,000 baht cash.

At 5:30 P.M. on the same day police have arrested Mr. Wiwat, 43, who lives in Karon, Phuket. He was taken to the Chalong Police Station for further investigation.

Mr. Wiwat’s full name was not immediately released to the Thai press nor did police or the suspect answer any questions about the potential motive of the robbery.

As of press time Mr. Wiwat remained in custody and was being interviewed by law enforcement officers.

This is a developing story and more details may be added as they are released by Rawai authorities.

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Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than three years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.