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An Australian tourist has been arrested in Thailand after robbing a bank with a fake gun, all in an attempt to get enough money to fly home.
Zachary Cronin, 23, was detained on Monday after entering the Saphan Khwai branch of Thanachart Bank in Bangkok, wearing a floppy Billabong hat, a Guy Fawkes mask and goggles, and pointing a BB gun at tellers, Metropolitan police chief Pol Lt Gen Sanit Mahathavorn said, according to the Bangkok Post.
The staff handed over 170,000 baht (A$6600) but pressed the alarm button to alert authorities, including a police patrol inside the bank, the Thairath Online reported.
Minutes later, Cronin was caught in a dead-end lane next to the bank, according to the publication, and admitted to authorities he was trying to get enough money to buy a plane ticket home after spending all his cash.
He has been charged with robbery but a court date has not yet been set. In Thailand, robbery can result in a prison term of five to 10 years.
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Call me crazy, but the fellow could have simply remained where he was until his visa ran out. Legally, he'd have to be deported. Because of this stunt he pulled, he won't be allowed in Thailand for the rest of his life (I'm assuming). Had it been Japan, he'd definitely not be going there again. They don't play with crime over there.