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Two teenage robbers who held up seven 7-Eleven convenience stores in Bangkok in a single night on Thursday and escaped with about 25,000 baht in cash were arrested before dawn today.
Both were escorted to a press conference at Bangkok Metropolitan Bureau this morning.
Seized from their room at Din Daeng Flat 11 included a homemade .22 revolver along with six cartridges, and the white Honda Wave motorcycle they used during the robberies of the convenience stores.
Both confessed to the armed robberies at the seven convenience stores where video footage at one store showing one robber initiating a “wai” gesture to thank the cashier before leaving the store.
Asked by reporters why he had to “wai” the cashier before leaving, he said it was to show his thank for giving cooperation to him.
The police are charging them with armed robberies, having gun illegally, and carrying it into public place.
Metropolitan police commissioner Pol Lt Gen Srivara Rangsitpramakul said one robber is a drug addict and wanted money to buy drugs.
The two robbers wore crash helmets which covered up their faces and took turns to rob the seven convenience stores. All the seven incidents took place between midnight and 2 am.
The first which was robbed is located at Suthisarn and the robbers took away 6,000 baht in cash. It was followed by the one at Prachasongkroh 16, Srivanich 2 market, Paholyothin 1 branch, Areesamphan 1 branch and Paholyothin 9 branch.
All the seven stores are located in Huey Kwang and Phya Thai districts.