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Man, 77, stabbed with screwdriver as gold necklace stolen

Man, 77, stabbed with screwdriver as gold necklace stolen

PHUKET: Police are searching for a robber who stabbed a 77-year-old man in the hand with a screwdriver as he stole a necklace worth over B100,000 and a “first edition” amulet deemed “priceless” early this morning (Jan 13).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 13 January 2020, 02:52PM

Capt Rachan Panwai of the Phuket City Police was called to the scene, a small side street near the fresh market on Ong Sim Phai Rd, at 7:30am.

Officers arrived to find Phuket native Sathit Pongthanaphanit, 77, standing beside his grey Toyota sedan, which still had both front doors open. Mr Sathit was still bleeding from his left hand and had a long scratch on his neck.

Mr Sathit told police that he parked in the street to buy some sweets at the market. When he returned he got in and started his car, and a stranger opened the front passenger door and tried to snatch his gold necklace.

The man, brandishing a screwdriver, told Mr Sathit to not fight back, otherwise he would stab him.

Mr Sathit explained that he opened the driver’s door to flee, but the man ran around the car and tried to stab him. Mr Sathit fended off the screwdriver the man was holding, but was stabbed twice in the hand while doing so.


While Mr Sathit was doubled over in pain from the stabs to his hand, the man snatched his necklace, breaking it as he tore it from Mr Sathit’s neck and causing the amulet of Luang Por Chaem on the necklace to fall to the ground.

With the necklace still in hand, the man grabbed the amulet and sped off toward Nimit Circle (also called the Seahorse Circle) on a black Honda Click motorbike, Mr Sathit said.

Mr Sathit said the necklace by weight of gold was valued at about B113,750‬, and the amulet, being a “first edition” of Phuket’s most revered monk, he said was priceless.

Capt Rachan said that police are now checking CCTV from the area in order to track down the robber.

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Rorri_2 | 16 January 2020 - 17:28:48

Dek, I prefer to invest in gold ingots, and yes, it is in a safe, in Australia... your think gold chain really... and I'll bet you keep it covered, though I doubt you would admit it.

DeKaaskopp | 16 January 2020 - 15:28:39

R, I wear my gold necklace here all the time .Over 25 years now.As a tourist before and as an expat now.Never experienced any  threatening situation.If you or that twin of yours are to scared to do so,fine with me.Just keep your gold (if you have any) in a safe and look at it if you feel save enough.

Rorri_2 | 15 January 2020 - 15:52:41

Dek, exposing your wealth, eg gold, is not a wise thing to do, but hey, go out and expose your gold, I dare you, if you can't see the difference between that and someone robbing a store, then there really is something wrong with you. And you are right, many times on here, and Thai Visa, people recommend not carrying too much cash, you don't know who is watching, your life mate, go for it.

DeKaaskopp | 15 January 2020 - 14:26:14

Reg" 3 people recently killed..." Yes R,and you know people robbing money  from banks and convenience stores .Following your great logic better not to carry some money around too.Maybe the overanxious twins here should only stay home.

Kurt | 15 January 2020 - 10:04:19

Yes P.  Understand thai are fascinated by gold. They needles even kill for it. Some  poke you with screwdrivers, or walk into a gold shop , instantly just kill a few, including a kid of 2 yrs old.  
When you are 77, it is not wise/safe to be out alone, show off B114,000 + a 'priceless' amulet around your neck.  You invite to be robbed. Respect for life of lesser value than gold?

Kurt | 14 January 2020 - 12:48:23

@ ematt, why not criticise the elderly thai victim, not to 'invite' thai criminals to attack him by walking around with B 114,000 around his neck? Think a bit, be wiser these days. Don't 'invite' snatchers.

Kurt | 14 January 2020 - 11:38:32

@ Pascale, yes, we have seen now how important gold is in Thailand. Indeed, not only for the rich.  The rich would not 'steal' it this way. Right? And it has nothing to do with a top-theft list. The old man is lucky hi is still alive. They kill here for lesser.

Rorri_2 | 14 January 2020 - 11:19:01

I'd like to remind 2 commenters, 3 people recently killed in a gold theft, probably not wise to show off your gold.

Pascale | 13 January 2020 - 21:38:26

K, with your comment you did show your ignorance.Gold is an important part of Thai society.Not only for the rich.Cheap show off ?Nonsense.It's not immoral to walk among poor Thai people with a necklace of that value. And Thailand is definitely not on the top list of countries for theft. Btw,look up the meaning of "priceless",before laughing next time.

ematt | 13 January 2020 - 20:59:58

What kind of person... criticizes an elderly crime victim with asinine comments like this? Appalling. 

Kurt | 13 January 2020 - 15:44:17

What kind of thai person walks in Thailand with a necklace of  B 113,750 around his neck among so many poor thai people around? Complete 'no feeling' ( as the thai call it),  with society around him.  Cheap show off. Amulet has no material value, but the gold does. Hahaha.

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