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A twenty seven year old Russian man who tried to blow up an ATM in Hua Hin on Boxing Day was arrested as he tried to board a flight to his homeland yesterday.
So he rented a pick-up and went to Pranburi to buy a gas canister and oxygen with the intention of blowing up the ATM outside the Hua Hin branch of the Prajuab Khiri Khan Land Department, reports Daily News.
The cash machine is in a quiet area and he thought he would not be disturbed. But after he had connected some pipes on Monday evening he was rumbled by a member of the public and obliged to flee the scene empty handed.
He dumped his equipment in the field opposite his hotel and quickly hired a taxi to take him to Suvarnabhumi Airport so he could take off back to Russia.
But police got wise to his plan and were ready to arrest him in the nick of time at the airport.
Speaking though an interpreter, and beside a lawyer, Constantin admitted what he had done. But he said in mitigation that he decided not to blow up an ATM outside a bank or a shop as it might injure someone. This was why he chose a quite spot with a stand alone ATM, he said.
Thai police said that he had entered Thailand on this visit on September 14th. They are contacting Interpol to see if the man has a record.
He was detained and being prepared for prosecution on charges not yet specified.