Phuket police on Tuesday said they arrested a thief while he was cooking up a batch of kratom.
He had earlier robbed pharmacies in Chalong.
Chief Investigator of the Phuket Provincial Police Col Prawit Engchuan said: “On Tuesday we arrested 25-year-old Rattaphon Pales at a house in Chalong. Police seized 450ml of liquid kratom.
“On Monday night Chalong police were notified that a man had robbed a pharmacy in Chalong with a knife. He stole Bt30,000.
“We have continued the investigation and arrested a suspect while he was cooking liquid kratom at his home.
“He robbed the same pharmacy last week and another pharmacy in Vichit. In total he has stolen about Bt50,000.
“He was taken to Chalong Police Station where he was charged with illegal possession of a category 5 drugs and theft.”