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Pattaya Police are currently investigating reports that two tickets purchased for the missing Malaysian Airline Flight MH 370 were obtained through a Travel Agency in Pattaya.
On Monday afternoon, Police Colonel Supachai, the Pattaya Police Chief, visited two Agencies based in South and Central Pattaya which are believed to be involved in the purchase of two tickets using stolen passports.
An Italian Passport under the name of Mr. Luigi Maraldi and an Austrian Passport under the name of Mr. Christian Kozel were used to purchase two tickets online through the Grand Horizon Travel Agency based in the Pratamnuk area in South Pattaya. They used another Agency, Six Stars Travel situated on the ground floor of Central Festival Pattaya Beach to complete the sale of the tickets on 6th March for travel on 8th March on flight number MH 370 which is currently missing and was last seen on radar close to the Southern tip of Vietnam.
Pattaya Police removed documentation from both Agencies on Monday but refused to give details to the media of exactly what they seized. Reports suggest that both men who boarded the flight using the stolen passports appeared to originate from Asia. Mr. Maralidi is safe and well in Phuket and Mr. Kozel has also been accounted for.
At time of publication of this story, the aircraft is still missing and rumors of what caused the aircraft to disappear continue to circulate. With this seizure of documents from two Pattaya Travel Agencies, speculation of what caused flight MH 370 to disappear is set to intensify.
Late on Sunday Night, and less than one hour after the Big C Extra Supermarket had closed, a Security Guard caught a man allegedly stealing a bag of chicken from the Frozen Food Section.
The Security Guard detained Khun Uthai aged 38 who was caught in possession of a 2kg bag of CP Brand Chicken, an accomplice was also caught waiting for the main suspect in the car park.
The two men and the bag of chicken were taken to Pattaya Police Station where the pair revealed that they intended to cook the chicken and mix it with a couple of bottles of Thai Whisky.
Their plans were thwarted by the eagle-eyed Security Guard and Police charged Khun Uthai with shoplifting while his accomplice was set free.
Over the weekend two Cambodians, who were found to have entered Thailand illegally, were caught selling fake branded sunglasses on Pattaya Beach.
A Police patrol spotted the pair who were quickly apprehended and taken to Pattaya Police Station.
Mr. Chin aged 28 and Mr. Sarae aged 48 were asked to produce passports and work permits and were unable to do so.
The sunglasses featuring brand names such as Rayban, Gucci and Georgio Armani were confiscated and the two men, who were caught at the front of Soi 10 on Pattaya Beach Road, were transferred to the Immigration Office in Jomtien where deportation procedures were initiated.
A 26 year old Thai Man, who purchased what he thought was a real second-hand Rolex Watch, later found the watch to be fake, despite handing over 110,000 Baht for the watch to its previous owner, a Swedish National.
Khun Samit went to Pattaya Police Station on Friday evening and spoke with Police Colonel Supachai, the Station Chief, who was told that the apparent victim saw the watch advertised on a Thai Website. If the watch had been genuine the retail price for the item is currently 240,000 Baht so the sale at less than half-price seemed a real bargain.
Khun Samit agreed to meet Mr. Carl Anders Mikael Andersson aged 54 from Sweden, at the Big C Extra Store in Central Pattaya where the money was handed over in exchange for the wrist watch. Mr. Andersson allowed Khun Samit to take a picture of his passport in case a problem with the sale occurred.
Khun Samit claimed Mr. Andersson appeared eager to leave quickly which made Khun Samit suspicious. He went straight to a shop to get the watch valued and it was confirmed the item was a fake. Mr. Andersson had long disappeared so the victim decided to report the incident to Police.
Immigration Police have been informed and will attempt to block the suspects exit from Thailand should he decided to escape the country to avoid arrest. The hunt for the suspect continues.
On Friday Afternoon Pattaya Police made their way to Larn Island, off the coast of Pattaya, to investigate reports of a drunken Thai Man who was wielding a loaded M16 Assault Rifle.
Khun Sanae aged 56 was located and arrested and the weapon was seized. Both were taken to Pattaya Police Station where it was determined that the suspect did hold a gun license but not a license for the Assault Rifle.
Khun Sanae claimed he had no intention of using the weapon and had possessed weapons for over 20 years and had never shot anyone or anything.
Residents of the Island claimed he would often walk around with guns, especially when he was drunk.
Police are now considering how to proceed with the case.
On Friday Banglamung Police announced the arrest of 6 gang members accused of supplying class 1 and class 5 drugs to customers in the Pattaya area, the leader of the gang is believed to be a 75 year old woman.
Police Colonel Tamanoon, the Banglamung Police Chief, led a press conference to announce the arrests and the seizure of a large quantity of the class 1 drug Crystal Methamphetamine and class 5 drug Marijuana.
The individuals were arrested as part of a long-running investigation into the gang and the last to be placed into Police Custody was the gang leader, Khun Noi aged 75.
All those detained were charged with a variety of class 1 and class 5 drug offences with the more serious charges reserved for the grandmother and leader of the gang.
One of the most dangerous sections of highway, ironically situated directly outside of the Highway Police Station on the Sukhumvit Road in South Pattaya, has claimed another victim. Luckily relatively minor injuries were sustained.
Police and rescue workers were called to the location at 10am on Friday where Khun Sompong aged 31, had come off his motorbike after he claimed he was forced to take evasive action to avoid a fast approaching car and clipped an uneven lump of tarmac on the 500 meter stretch of road which, for many years, has remained in a dangerous condition despite pleas to the Pattaya Mayor to spend some money and sort out the problem.
Khun Sompong was on his way to work when the accident occurred and was able to receive treatment at the roadside before continuing his journey to work.
A report of the incident has been sent to the Mayor’s Office.
An 18 year old student was arrested and a 15 year old accomplice was able to escape following a bag snatch from a Russian Tourist in the Naklua area on Thursday morning.
Police were alerted to the incident which occurred in Soi 14/1 off the Naklua Road just after 10am by passers-by who were able to assist Mr. Aleksandr Leontev and Mrs. Chaizada Leonteva in detaining the 18 year old student who was riding as passenger on a motorbike driven by his 15 year old friend who was able to escape.
The suspect was accused of stealing a shoulder bag belonging to the Russian female, which contained 2,000 Euros, a Mobile Phone and an assortment of personal documents. The couple were walking from their Hotel to the main road where they intended to get a taxi to Jomtien Beach, when the bag snatch occurred.
At Banglamung Police Station the suspect claimed he had conducted a total of 3 bag snatches in the last week and intended to raise money so he and his friends could enjoy the mid-term school holiday break.
The suspect was charged with aggravated robbery and was locked-up pending Court proceedings.
On Thursday Morning Police and rescue workers were called to a hi-rise condominium on Jomtien Beach to investigate the discovery of a Russian who had died some days before in a 15th floor apartment.
Officials made their way to Room Number 1512 at the Lumpini Condominium, known to be occupied by Mr. Aleksandr Chukalskii aged 48. He was lying on the bed and it was estimated he had been dead for between 2 and 3 days.
No signs of foul play could be found in the room and a Medical Certificate issued by the Pattaya Memorial Hospital was found from February 2014 which stated he was treated for pain in his right knee.
Mr. Chukalskii had been staying in the apartment for 2 months and was thought to be conducting Business whilst in Pattaya.
He had not been seen for 3 days and after repeated calls to the apartment went unanswered security guards were told to investigate and after entering the apartment found the body of the Russian.
A post mortem examination is underway and the Russian Embassy in Bangkok have been informed.
On Wednesday afternoon and following a Police report of a burglary at a house in Jomtien occupied by a South African, Police arrested a 23 year old suspect.
Just before 3am on Wednesday a burglary took place at the house of Mr. Patrick McBride aged 52 who lives at the Palm Oasis Jomtien Village. His White Toyota Vios was also stolen by the suspect who was able to escape with an IPad, Branded sunglasses, US and Thai Currency, with a combined value of around 100,000 Baht.
The stolen vehicle was spotted in the South Pattaya area later on Wednesday and intercepted by Police who arrested Khun Supagit aged 23 who later confessed to stealing the items from the house, including the vehicle.
Khun Supagit was charged with multiple counts of theft and awaits trial.