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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Thailand: Motorbike muggers prowl city's streets

City police have captured a mob of snatch-and-grab robbers called "Gang Sua" (tiger gang) who travel in motorcycle packs and target lone pedestrians. It was their daring early-evening attack on a well-known musician and former university lecturer on a crowded main street last month that tipped them off to the gang's existence.

Until this incident, officers conceded they had never heard of the gang, although the word sua itself was a popular nom-de-plume used by notorious criminals in the past. "Gang Sua" began to take on a sinister meaning after the arrest of two men identified as the alleged robbers of a pedestrian in Khlong Tan area two weeks ago.

The two suspects immediately denied they were part of "Gang Sua", giving the gang a shape and form for the police. Evidence quickly pointed to the group as the robbers of Fong Nam founder Bruce Gaston under Phra Khanong BTS station last month.

Mr Gaston, 65, who is a former special lecturer at Chulalongkorn University, was assaulted and robbed around 7.30pm on June 27 by teenagers riding motorcycles. The robbers snatched his bag, containing 800 baht cash and an iPhone. (more)