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In the early hours of Thursday a Japanese Businessman from Bangkok reported the theft of a 100,000 Baht Gold Necklace as he walked back to his Hotel in North Pattaya.
Mr. Seiji Matsuzaki aged 69, an Executive Director of a company based in Bangkok producing Automotive Parts, reported the incident at Pattaya Police Station. Police were able to obtain CCTV video of the incident which occurred at 9.46pm on Wednesday Night, however the crucial moment when the necklace was taken was not seen due to poor camera angles.
Mr. Matsuzaki was walking back to the Peace Resort Hotel from the North Pattaya Branch of Tesco-Lotus when 2 motorbikes with 3 Thai men on them, drove past the victim to initially see if he was wearing a necklace. When the 10 year old necklace, which also featured 3 Buddhist Amulets, was spotted, a passenger on one of the bikes approached the victim and was able to overpower the man and take the necklace.
Police assume the men committed the robbery so they could use the proceeds from the stolen item to fund their Pattaya Songkran Festival celebrations. Recently, similar incidents have been taking place around Pattaya and the Police are urging tourists not to wear any expensive jewelry which could make them a potential target for criminals.
One of three suspected necklace snatch suspects were overpowered by a group of Chinese Tourists on Tuesday Afternoon who were on their way to enjoy the Songkran Festival Water Fighting in North Pattaya.
Mr. Ten Chin Lan aged 35 and 20 other friends had hired two Baht Buses to take them to North Pattaya and as they travelled along the Sukhumvit Road in Central Pattaya, two motorbikes approached the Baht Bus containing Mr. Lan. One of the passengers on one of the bikes leant over and attempted to take a Gold Necklace with pendant from around the neck of the victim who was able to prevent the theft.
His group were also able to pull the suspected thief from his bike. Khun Pirapon aged 18 fell to the ground and was detained pending the arrival of Police. The other 2 men suspected of being involved were able to escape and are now being sought by Police.
The entire incident was witnessed by a Security Guard stationed nearby who was able to give Police descriptions of the 2 other suspects and it was later confirmed by the arrested suspect at Pattaya Police station that the group wanted money so they could celebrate the Pattaya Songkran Festival.
Two men were arrested on Tuesday afternoon accused of stealing a metal drain-hole cover from a North Pattaya street.
The incident was reported by Khun Patsamon aged 37, who also made a video of the two suspects allegedly stealing the cover from a small road off Soi Potisan. They intended to sell the cover for scrap and use the proceeds to buy Whisky for the upcoming Pattaya Songkran Festival.
Police arrested Khun Bapat aged 42 and Khun Tawee aged 43 who attempted to escape on their motorbike with sidecar which contained the cover. They confirmed to Police that they desperately wanted money to celebrate the Songkran Festival and because they had no jobs the pair decided that stealing the cover was their best option for raising money.
Both were later charged with theft and locked-up pending Court proceedings.
Over the weekend a group of 30 people made their way to Banglamung Police Station to report a case of defamation against his Majesty The King, which is a criminal offense in Thailand.
The allegations relate to a video published on You Tube by Vice TV, which included an interview with a prominent Pro-Thaksin Red Shirt leader from Phatum Thani Province, known as “Ko Tee”. In the video he is interviewed by a foreign journalist and offers his version of the current situation and the cause of the unrest, in Thai Language.
Pro-Monarchy Activists initially reported the contents of the video to Police in Phatum Thani Province where an arrest warrant for “Ko Tee” was issued. It alleges the suspect has committed offenses under Article 112 of the Thai Penal Code, also known as the Lèse-majesté Laws, which forbid defamation of the Thai Royal Family, an offense which carries a Prison Sentence of between 3 and 15 years.
30 people, led by Khun Daruna aged 52 and Khun Wunchai aged 76, some of them carrying “We Love The King” banners, reported the contents of the video at Banglamung Police Station and were told that the report will be held on file pending the outcome of the current Arrest Warrant issued for “Ko Tee” by Phatum Thani Police.
The Crime Suppression Division have been ordered to deal with the incident by the National Police Commissioner and there is a reward of 500,000 Baht which will be paid to any Police Officer by the PDRC (Peoples Democratic Reform Committee) who can arrest “Ko Tee” within 7 days.
Early on Sunday Morning a high-speed road crash occurred in South Pattaya involving a Garbage Truck and a motorbike which resulted in the death of the bike driver.
Police and rescue services were called to the South Pattaya Road in front of Soi 4 just after 7.30am to deal with the crash which led to the death of a Thai Man thought to be aged in his late twenties. He was not carrying any identification and remains unidentified at time of publication.
Witnesses mentioned seeing the Truck travel down the South Pattaya Road at a high rate of speed and the motorbike came out from Soi 4 also at a high rate of speed. The bike was struck by the truck and the driver of the bike suffered catastrophic life-ending head injuries.
The truck driver ran away from the scene of the crash and is currently being sought by Police as the body of the bike driver was taken to the morgue at Banglamung Hospital.
A Dutch couple were involved in an IPhone snatch in front of a South Pattaya Hotel in the early hours of Friday which, luckily for them, resulted in the arrest of the suspect and the recovery of their phone thanks to an eagle-eyed Security Guard.
Just before 3am, Mr. Wouter Johannes Egbertus Wolven aged 58 and his wife were walking home to the Windy Inn Hotel on Walking Street and arrived outside of the Hotel where a group of Ladyboys would be situated on a nightly basis.
The couple had not been bothered by the Ladyboy’s before but one of them, later named as Khun Balinyar aged 26, approached Mr. Wolven and hugged him while at the same time removing the victims IPhone from a pocket on his short trousers.
The suspect was then seen to discard the phone in a bush nearby for the purpose of recovering the stolen item at a later time, should he be caught as the robbery took place.
A Security Guard at the Hotel, Khun Yutana aged 25, saw the alleged crime take place and detained the Ladyboy and recovered the phone, pending the arrival of Police.
At Pattaya Police Station the suspect, who was found to have an extensive criminal history, was charged with aggravated theft and locked-up pending Court proceedings. The Dutch couple claimed this incident would not put them off from coming to Pattaya again as they believe the City is generally a safe place for Tourists.
A Pattaya Motorbike Taxi Driver, who was known to have been on a 5-6 day “bender” which involved drinking copious amounts of Thai Whisky while consuming virtually no food, was found dead on the back of a pick-up parked outside of his apartment in Jomtien on Friday afternoon.
The dead man was named as Khun Tee aged 42, and according to a friend, Khun Daengon of the same age, the victim had been drinking solidly for 5-6 days and had eaten little food during that time.
On Friday Morning he was taken back to his room at the Jomtien Longstay Apartments but had apparently left his front door key inside the room so he was unable to gain entry. Due to his intoxicated state he climbed onto the back of a pick-up parked outside of the apartments and fell asleep.
He was left for some hours but it is thought a combination of excess alcohol and exposure to the elements caused his demise.
Police confirmed the death was not suspicious in any way and will not pursue any further investigations into the case.
In the early hours of Saturday a Bangkok Taxi Driver reported a scam which left him 3,500 Baht worse off after he was lured to a Central Pattaya Hotel where he thought he was picking up a 12,000 Baht customer.
Khun Pipop aged 35 began the night by dropping off a foreign customer at the Northern end of Walking Street. He was then approached by a Thai Man who claimed he had a foreign customer staying at a Central Pattaya Hotel who was willing to pay 12,000 Baht for a tour of many provinces. In return the man wanted 3,500 Baht in commission but the catch involved the Taxi Driver paying the man first before being paid by the customer.
Khun Pipop and the mystery man made their way to the Bella Express Hotel in Central Pattaya and the man gave the taxi driver a receipt for the 3,500 Baht and told him to wait in the car park while he collected the customer.
1 hour passed and the man or the foreign customer had not appeared so Khun Pipop went into the Hotel and was given the news he was dreading. The man did not work for the Hotel and no guests were waiting for a Taxi.
The victim went to Pattaya Police Station to report the scam and Police will now attempt to locate the man and recover the 3,500 Baht.
On Thursday afternoon Nongprue Police were called to a small village backing onto the Railroad close to Soi Kao Noi to investigate reports that villagers had detained a man accused of sexually assaulting a 74 year old woman.
The suspect attempted to escape following the alleged assault but Khun Nantawoot aged 21 was eventually detained. He appeared to be in an incoherent state which may have been the result of excess alcohol or possible use of narcotics according to Police.
The 74 year old victim, who was understandably shocked and very distressed, was escorted to Hospital where medics will decide if an assault took place and then send a report to Police for evidential purposes.
A Neighbor of the victim, Khun Seemueng aged 47, earlier heard her cries and went to investigate and saw that her front door was locked from the outside. She was eventually rescued from the locked room, situated behind Chockchai Garden Homes 7-8 off Soi Kao Noi, and claimed that the man had asked if the pair could go inside her room to watch TV. The suspect, who is also a neighbor of the victim, is then thought to have forced himself onto the victim and even placed a towel over her mouth to prevent her screams from being heard by others.
Although Khun Nantawoot denies allegations of sexual assault, Police have charged him pending results of medical checks on the victim.
On Thursday the local authorities were alerted to a 2km stretch of Jomtien Beach which was covered in lumps of oil.
Environment Agency officials and a clean-up team of 10 people were sent to Jomtien Beach, in front of Soi 15, where the oil was first seen. The black lumps of oil were clearly visible along a stretch of beach measuring approximately 2kms and had been spotted by tourists on the Beach, some of them showed us oil stains on their swimming costumes and skin.
Officials suspect the oil originates from a Tanker which capsized in Samut Sakhorn Province on 7th April. Khun Ladawadee from the Environment Agency promised the oil would be removed from the beach as quickly as possible and she also claimed the presence of the oil posed no risk to beachgoers, a claim which was contested by on-lookers at the scene.