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Teen gang leader Bank Arlang made a big mistake yesterday afternoon (November 3) when he threatened a creditor with a gun, ordered him to strip and then pistol-whipped him across the face before kicking him out of the house in Talad Yai.
The 15-year-old creditor (name withheld) who had gone to collect on a debt of B1,000 promptly went to the police and told them about the incident, mentioning that Bank and five teens were smoking crystal methamphetamine (ya ice) when the beating took place.
Three hours later police swooped and arrested 24-year-old Bank and five others at the house.
They seized Banks 9mm Chinese-made Norinco pistol, another stainless steel 9mm pistol, three magazines, 46 .38mm bullets, 67 9mm bullets, five 6.35mm bullets and a bag of ya ice weighing 0.20 grams.
They also seized a sword, a walkie-talkie, a pair of handcuffs, three phones and a motorbike they suspect might have been stolen. They are currently checking who the owner is.
Pol Lt Col Somsak Thonggleang said that Bank real name Kertchai Boonrit admitted that the guns and ammo belonged to him.
He explained that he had them to protect himself because he frequently ends up in altercations with local teenagers.
He was charged with illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, and of a Category 1 drug.
Police also took Keittisak Weerachot, 20, Kanawat Thingwai, 19, and three others under the age of 18 to the station for questioning.