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In the early hours of Wednesday a 40 year old Indian Tourist became the latest victim of a common crime on the streets of Pattaya, a necklace snatch.
The snatch took place in front of the Royal Garden Plaza and the suspect, a ladyboy named as Khun Atachai aged 21, was caught moments later by Pattaya Police.
Mr. Jaiswal Sudhir explained to Investigators at Pattaya Police Station that he was walking back to his Hotel with a friend when the suspect approached him and hugged him, during which time the theft of the necklace took place.
Not only was the suspect arrested, the necklace was recovered and later returned to its rightful owner.
Khun Atachai claimed this was his first attempt at a necklace snatch but Police suspect he is part of an organized group of Ladyboy’s who prey on Middle East and Asian tourists late at night on Pattaya Beach.
In the early hours of Wednesday, Pattaya Police arrested a 31 year old Thai man, accused of supplying class 1 drugs to users in the Pattaya area.
A tip-off was received by Police, concerning Khun Tana, who resides at a house in Soi 17 in South Pattaya. For some days he was followed by undercover Police and on Wednesday was confronted as he left his house.
A search uncovered a single bag of the class 1 drug Crystal Methamphetamine weighing 0.48g which led to a search of his house where a total of 7.47g of the drug was seized along with electronic weighing scales and two address books containing names and numbers of customers according to a later confession by the suspect.
He also revealed that he purchased the drugs in batches of 5-10g at a time from an agent based in the Soi Potisan area in North Pattaya and had been dealing drugs for some time.
For now he has been charged with possession with intent to sell a class 1 drug and awaits a Court appearance.
In the early hours of Tuesday, Police were called to Pattaya Beach following the discovery of a foreign man, who was initially found floating face-down in the water.
The body of the foreign man, thought to be aged between 50 and 60, was recovered from the water by Khun Apidaet aged 19, who had gone to the Beach to fish for squid.
Police arrived to the location, in front of Soi 8, and began their investigation. They were told that the heavily tattooed man, was seen drinking beer on the beach at approximately 1am and was then seen to cut his wrists before entering the water.
Officers confirmed he had sustained deep cuts to his wrists upon examination of the body. They also noticed the unknown foreign man had a shark tattoo on his left shoulder, a dragon tattoo on his right shoulder, tattoos of two birds on his chest and a lion tattoo on his back.
Police have recorded the death as a suicide pending the outcome of a post-mortem examination and are appealing for anyone who may know the man to come forward so his family can be informed.
A second robbery of a 24 hour convenience store within the space of 3 days, has taken place in Jomtien with the theft of just 2,000 Baht cash, as Police suspect the people who conducted the robbery may be the same people involved in Friday’s robbery in the Na-Jomtien area.
In the early hours of Monday, two men entered a 7-Eleven Store located on Jomtien Second Road and confronted Khun Amonrat aged 29, one of the shop assistants on-duty at the time, and ordered her to hand over all cash.
A total of 2,000 Baht was taken by the two men, who were in the shop for approximately 3 minutes, before they left in the direction of Jomtien Beach.
Police were called and began by examining Security Camera footage, however the cameras were faulty and could not be examined until later on Monday after a technician was called in to recover the footage from the recording device inside the store.
Police are now investigating this second robbery of a 7-Eleven store, and believe they have spotted similarities between both cases. They are also confident that they know the two men involved and expect to arrest them shortly.
Police appear not to be able to suppress street crimes which are occurring daily in Pattaya, especially those involving the theft of bags and necklaces from residents and tourists visiting the City.
Khun Wiraya aged 30 became the latest victim of a necklace snatch which occurred at the Sukhumvit Road junction with Siam Country Club Road on Monday morning.
She had gone out to pay a Water Bill when a man, presumably a Thai national, drove up beside her stationary bike, at the traffic lights, and snatched a gold necklace she was wearing.
The victim, who works for a Tour Company in Central Pattaya, was powerless to prevent the theft of the necklace, worth an estimated 10,000 Baht.
Police will now add this street crime to the hundreds of similar crimes which currently remain unsolved.
On Saturday a 47 year old former Marine drowned in a lake situated in the Hua Yai area.
The body of Khun Boonsong was pulled from the 6 meter deep lake situated in Soi Polo 1 on Saturday afternoon.
Khun Sutat aged 33 was also at the lake with friends and saw the man sitting and drinking alone. Khun Boonsong then approached Khun Sutat and asked him to watch as he demonstrated his swimming skills.
Khun Boonsong jumped into the lake and attempted to swim to the other side but as he was approaching the center of the lake he appeared to get into difficulties and went under the water and was not seen again until he was taken from the water by rescue workers 2 hours later after a short search.
Police suspect that a combination of heavy drinking and possible cramping may have caused Khun Boonsong to drown. A post-mortem examination will take place as the family of the deceased man comes to terms with their loss.
A 29 year old Thai woman was lucky to survive after she reportedly jumped from the 7th floor of a North Pattaya Hotel in the early hours of Friday.
Police and medics were called to the Tune Hotel on Pattaya Second Road, just before 1am and attended to Khun Kitimar aged 29. She had fallen from the 7th floor onto a garden area on the 2nd floor. According to medics, she was unable to move and had sustained visible breaks to her arms and legs and a possible spinal injury.
The woman was conscious and told investigators that she had recently lost her job in a bar and decided to take her own life. A friend told Police that she had been suffering from mental health issues following years of drug abuse and it is thought that these issues combined with the recent loss of her job, led her to attempt to take her own life.
Khun Kitimar was taken to Hospital where the full extent of her injuries is still being assessed.
On Friday afternoon, Banglamung Police announced the arrest of 6 people in connection with a motorbike theft gang who would steal to-order and then send the bikes over to Cambodia.
The 6 people, aged between 19 and 38 and of Thai and Cambodian Nationality, were arrested at the Nantawan Place Apartments in Soi Neun Plubwan. The arrests followed a previous arrest of two Cambodian suspects who were thought to be part of the same gang. They provided Police with detailed information on the other gang members which led Police to arrest the other 6 members on Friday.
It was revealed that the group had stolen over 200 motorbikes in the Pattaya area and was overseen by the gang leader who is based in Chantaburi Province. The bikes would initially be stored in a remote Potato Field in Banglamung and then taken to the Thai/Cambodian Border where they would be smuggled over the border and resold for between 6,000 and 10,000 Baht each.
A 9mm handgun and a Toyota Vigo Pick-up were seized during Friday’s operation along with 3 motorbikes which had been earlier reported as stolen.
In the early hours of Friday an armed robbery occurred at a 24 hour convenience store in the Na-Jomtien area which resulted in the theft of money.
The robbery took place just before 4.30am at a 7-Eleven Store situated at a PTT Petrol Station on the Sukhumvit Road in Na-Jomtien. Khun Noppadon aged 21 was on-duty at the time and told Police that initially one man came into the store and ordered a 100 Baht mobile phone top-up card.
As soon as the cash draw was open a second man entered, whose face was concealed by a safety helmet. He was carrying a long knife and joined his colleague as the pair ordered the shop assistant to hand over the cash in the draw, which amounted to 4,000 Baht. The men then sped off on a motorbike in the direction of Sattahip.
Police examined security camera footage from the store and have a clear picture of one of the men and believe they will catch both men quickly. For now both suspects remain at-large.
Late on Tuesday Night, Police and rescue services were called to a Constructors Campsite in Jomtien to deal with a multiple stabbing incident which led to one fatality and injuries sustained to four others, all Cambodian workers.
The incident occurred in Soi 11 off the Tepprasit Road just after 10.30pm. Mr. Nang aged 29, was stabbed in his stomach and died at the scene. Three other male workers aged between 18 and 31, and an elderly woman sustained a variety of stab wounds which saw them sent to Hospital. None of them sustained life-threatening injuries according to medics.
Police are currently hunting for two co-workers who are thought to have conducted the attack following a night of heavy drinking at the Campsite. They are now being sought by Police on one charge of murder, three counts of attempted murder and one count of assault with a deadly weapon.
The cause of the fight has been blamed on the excessive alcohol consumption as Police continue to investigate and wait to question those involved including the two main aggressors who remain at-large for now.