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Parents beware! Child snatch gangs on the loose in Northern Thailand

Police and community leaders have warned parents in a sub-district of Pai not to leave their children home alone.

Even letting little ones play alone while parents are out back of the house could have dire consequences after two incidents in Mae Hee sub-district, Daily News reported.

Both incidents occurred within hours of each other on February 25th.

In the first a woman was out back of her house while her seven year old daughter Jupjaeng played near the road in the front.

Supharat Khamuang said that a car came and a man got out and ran up to her child who ran to the back of the house. The man did not see Supharat and tried to grab the child before the mother made her presence known wielding a stick.

Shocked by her sudden appearance the man said “I am here to sell yoghurt” then ran off. Supharat pursued him and saw him get into a four door Toyota Vigo with a “carryboy” on the back. It had no plates. There was a another man driving and the engine was running.

In the back seat was a woman.

The man who had run out was just taller than 150 cms with “isaan” appearance speaking central Thai, she said.

Reporters went to another house in Mae Hee sub-district just 3 kilometers away where they spoke to a Karen tribeswoman who had a similar experience just one hour after the other mother on the same day.

In this incident a middle aged woman got out of a white van and offered sweets to Khamma Korpoh’s 2 year old grandson as he was sitting in the front of their house by the road.

Khamma saw this and rushed to his side. The woman was surprised by her sudden appearance and fled the scene. The van had black film on the windows and the mother did not get the plate number.

Mae Hee headman Prayun Pimpa said that it was a worrying situation and that children should not be left alone. The gang may be posing as traders, he said.

Woraphon Phonmanee the station chief at Pai is investigating and he said he was very concerned by the reports. He said this has never happened in his district to his knowledge and the police are working with community leaders and other authorities to warn the public about the potential for danger to their children.

“Children should not be left alone,” he warned.

Thai VisaDaily News

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