A Grab taxi driver was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly stealing a purse from a bag shop owner at a night shopping mall in Chiang Mai province.
Surat Jaen-im, 36, was arrested at noon in his rented room behind Maejo University in Sunsai district.
He was charged with stealing Chadaporn Charoensilp’s purse, which reportedly contained Bt8,000 cash, at 11pm on Friday.
Police said Surat pretended to be a buyer and went into Chadaporn’s bag shop in King Park shopping mall in Muang district and stole the purse and other valuables worth Bt10,000.
The shop owner shared the video clip of the thief on her Facebook and some Chiang Mai residents recognised him as a tenant at a boarding house behind Maejo University.
According to police, Surat said he worked as a Grab driver but he could not make ends meet so he decided to steal from the shop. Police are investigating whether Surat has been involved in other thefts at other shops.