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On Wednesday afternoon Pattaya Police announced the arrest of two men, thought to be part of a 6-man-gang, who regularly target foreigners wearing expensive gold necklaces.
Khun Sutin, thought to be the leader of the gang, and Khun Pacharapon aged 20 were arrested at a rented apartment in Soi Buakhao earlier on Wednesday. It was known that the remaining 4 gang members were living there as well but were not present when Police conducted a raid of the apartment.
It is thought the two arrestees were involved in a necklace snatch on 29th July at the Suksabai Villas in South Pattaya. Khun Manita aged 40, who was present at the press conference, lost her 20,000 Baht gold necklace as she arrived at her house.
Both suspects, who confessed to targeting mostly foreigners, were charged with aggravated theft and await Trial.
On Wednesday morning at Banglamung Police Station a join press conference with the Banglamung District Narcotics Unit took place to confirm the arrest of 3 people who are believed to work for prison inmates as drug dealers.
Khun Woramet aged 27 was arrested at the Pattaya Reunreung Village in Soi Kaotalo earlier on Wednesday with 1.1kg of the class 1 drug Crystal Methamphetamine, commonly known as “Ice”. He was caught with 50g on his person and a search of his house uncovered a large bag containing over 1kg of the drug. He later revealed that he was paid 40,000 Baht per month by an inmate at the Chonburi Central Prison to sell drugs on his behalf.
Khun Gamon aged 39 and Khun Munchalee aged 26 were caught with 6g of “Ice” and 165 Yabba Tablets at their Pattaya Hill Village home in Soi Kao Noi. They also worked for an inmate at Chonburi Central Prison and would send the proceeds of drug sales to his bank account.
In both cases follow-up investigations are taking place in relation to the inmates and the three suspects have been charged with serious class 1 drug offenses and await Trial.
Banglamung District officials in conjunction with the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP), inspected 20 logs of Redwood left in a car park of a North Pattaya Restaurant.
On Wednesday Morning the inspection took place at the Restaurant car park in Soi Thai Udom off the North Pattaya Road. The venue is currently being renovated and the wood is scheduled to be used to construct the new restaurant according to Khun Saenluk aged 48 who came forward and claimed to be responsible for the logs.
No licenses or other documentation could be produced to confirm that the logs had been harvested in the correct way and from a location authorized by the DNP. At this point a retired Thai Airforce Group Captain , Khun Jitlapon, came onto the phone and claimed he was in possession of the correct documentation and there was nothing to worry about.
At this point the officials decided to withdraw pending further communication with the retired airman.
Acting on information received from a member of the public, Pattaya Police arrested a 38 year old man in the early hours of Tuesday who was caught in possession of a variety of firearms, gun parts and a large bag of the class 5 drug Marijuana.
Police have been searching for Khun Cherchat for some time and tracked him down to a Coach Park in Soi Tamnan in East Pattaya on Tuesday.
Inside his coach was a bag of Marijuana containing 11.15g of the drug and a variety of pistols, rifles and gun parts. He was escorted to Pattaya Police Station where Police Colonel Supatee, the Acting Superintendent of Pattaya Police Station, announced to the gathered media that the suspect had previously purchased BB Guns and parts for BB Guns and thanks to the internet was able to convert the non-lethal firearms into lethal weapons. The weapons would then be sold via internet forums.
Khun Cherchat claimed the weapons in his possession were yet to be tested and he could not confirm if they were able to fire live bullets or not. Despite this, he was charged with a total of 5 offenses and awaits Trial.
On Monday morning, the Region 2 Police Commissioner, announced the arrest of a 56 year old Spanish National, who was caught with a skimmer and over 1,000 ATM cards.
The suspect, Mr. Fernando Manuel Navaro, was arrested by Chonburi Provincial Police Special Investigators and was caught with a skimmer, laptop computer, 109 ATM cards and over 1,000 blank cards.
It is suspected he placed devices on ATM’s around the Pattaya area and it is estimated he had stolen tens of millions of Baht from unsuspecting foreign and Thai bank account holders. It was also known that he was working for two Romanian men who are believed not to be in Thailand and he would send a percentage of the proceeds drawn from the bank accounts in Pattaya back to Romania.
If found guilty of Bank card fraud in Court Mr. Navaro could face a maximum penalty of 6 years in Prison and/or a fine of up to 100,000 Baht.
Police are currently hunting for a Pattaya City Hall Sewage Truck Driver who is wanted in connection with a fatal road accident on the Sukhumvit Road in South Pattaya on Monday afternoon.
Police and medics were called to the scene of the crash at 3.20pm and began CPR on the victim, a female motorbike driver named as Khun Wasinporn age 21. CPR continued as she was taken away in an ambulance and her current condition is unknown.
A witness to the crash, Khun Tongbon aged 45 saw the Sewage Truck turn at-speed, off the Pattaya-bound carriageway of the Sukhumvit Road towards the South Pattaya Road when the truck struck a slower moving motorbike which was also making the same turn.
Police were keen to speak with the truck driver, named as Khun Duan aged 38 by work colleagues, but he decided to run away from the scene of the crash before authorities arrived.
Police are now searching for the truck driver who is expected to be charged over the crash, when found.
In the early hours of Monday a 23 year old food vendor was stabbed in his hand during a fight with a drug addict who was desperate to purchase Yabba.
The incident occurred just before 3am and was initially dealt with by Pattaya Tourist Police Officers. Khun Jackrapong aged 23 sells food on the street and was confronted by Khun Atsadawut aged 25, a show boxer who works in the area. He asked the vendor to sell him some drugs which left the vendor puzzled as he claims to have never sold drugs in his life.
When the vendor became angry at the boxer, Khun Atsadawut picked up two knives from the food stall and attacked the vendor who sustained the hand injury. Tourist Police were called to the scene and brought both parties under control.
Both men were handed over to Pattaya Police who continue to investigate the incident at this time but have discovered that the boxer has an extensive criminal history relating to drug offenses.
In the early hours of Saturday an, as yet, unidentified male, was burnt alive in his car after it rear-ended a slow moving truck on Highway 36 close to the Bira International Racing Circuit.
Police and rescue services were called to the location just before 4am to deal with the crash. Fire Fighters were also called to extinguish a fire which had engulfed a White Toyota Yaris. The car had struck the rear of the truck, driven by Khun Panom aged 55.
Inside the Yaris was the charred remains of the driver who could not be rescued due an explosion caused by an LPG tank in the car which ignited during the collision. The deceased man has yet to be identified but is described as tall and possibly of foreign nationality.
The truck driver, who was transporting steel from Bang Yai in Nonthaburi to Rayong Province, claimed he was driving normally when he felt a jolt. He came to a stop and saw the car and its driver engulfed in flames. He did mention attempting to rescue the driver but the flames were too intense according to his statement.
The truck driver was arrested by Police pending further enquiries.
Police were called to Banglamung Hospital on Sunday afternoon after a Hospital Porter was alerted to a theft of money from a donation box located next to a ground floor elevator.
Khun Ronagon aged 33, a porter at the Hospital, was initial alerted to a problem by a Nurse who was leaving at the end of her shift. He went to inspect the box and saw it had been cleaned-out of all money, the exact amount stolen is unknown.
Police noticed a security camera was pointing directly at the box and made their way to the 3rd floor where the cameras are controlled from. Police were disappointed to discover that the camera was not in operation and therefore did not capture the alleged theft of money take place.
The box is placed at the location 8am every day and is locked away by 6pm daily and is raising money for new Hospital equipment.
The Police investigation continues.
On Friday Night a press conference was held at Pattaya Police Station to announce the arrest of 5 people who are suspected of running a drug distribution business from a house in South Pattaya.
Police Colonel Supatee, the acting Superintendent of Pattaya Police Station received information of the drugs house, located in the Egmongkol Village 2 Housing Estate in South Pattaya and assembled a team of Police Officers and heavily-armed Navy Officers who conducted a raid on the house.
Khun Sagon aged 39, Khun Galayagon aged 42, Khun Bemigar aged 25, Khun Panasanan aged 27 and a 17 year old male were arrested and a total of 1.6kg of the class 5 drug Marijuana and 35g of the class 1 drug Crystal Methamphetamine were seized along with a Pen Gun and a bag of tablets which have yet to be tested to confirm if they are illegal drugs or not.
All 5 suspects were charged with serious drug offenses and await Trial.