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A Thai national who allegedly stole 84.7 million kyat (US$65,850) worth of jewellery from a gold shop in Tachilek, opposite the border town of Mae Sai in Thailand’s Chiang Rai Province, was detained on Tuesday, according to police.
The man, identified in the police report only as 44-year-old Mr. Rachan of Suphan Buri Province, was found with several pieces of jewellery, including diamond, platinum and gold accessories, previously reported stolen from the Shin Man gold shop in the eastern Shan State border town.
The shop’s owner, Chit Htoo, had filed a police report claiming expensive jewellery from his establishment went missing on 12 October when he and family were attending a harvest festival in San Lu village.
Local police on 18 October spotted Mr. Rachan near the Yaung Ni Oo fish pond in Tachilek’s Sae Kham Ward at around 10pm and searched him. They reportedly found the stolen jewellery in a bag he was carrying, along with a toy gun, a flashlight, a towel, a cap and a Thai ID card.
Mr. Rachan is currently being questioned in police custody.