Authorities detain Kittipong Phaethaisong, a suspect in the only gold break-in at a store in Nakhon Ratchasima on Tuesday, in Pattaya on Friday. (Picture: Prasit Tangprasert)

A gold burglar who stole gold pendants worth around 4.5 million baht in Nakhon Ratchasima on Tuesday was collared in Pattaya, Chon Buri, on Friday.

Kittipong Phaethaisong, 28, was detained in the vacation resort city and was reclaimed to the northeastern province for questioning, stated Pol Lt Gen Somprasong Yenthuam, leader of the Provincial Authorities Area 3.

The suspect’s intention behind the gold break-in was that he was unemployed and lacked cash, the officer stated.

Authorities seized some taken pendants and were looking for the rest.

On Tuesday, Mr Kittipong held up Yaowarat Krungthep gold shop at Lotus’s hypermarket in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Muang district and ran away with 51 gold pendants each of 3-baht weight, or 153-baht weight in overall, worth about 4.5 million baht.

The products were taken in a matter of 20 seconds.

A photo recorded from a security electronic camera reveals Kittipong Phaethaisong running away after the gold break-in.

Authorities tracked the suspect utilizing video of security video cameras at the hypermarket and closed-circuit tv video cameras set up along the paths where he got away on a bike without a licence plate.

Authorities did not state the factor he left to Pattaya.

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