Dutch tourist pickpocketed in Walking Street ‘safety zone’

Friday, 25 April 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 17 By  Boonlua Chatree

Pattaya police arrested a transvestite for allegedly pick-pocketing a Dutch tourist in the Walking Street “safety area.”

Wouter Johannes Egbertus Wolven, 58, called officers around 3 a.m. April 11, reporting his Apple iPhone had been stolen from his pants pocket after a ladyboy had accosted and hugged him as he walked in front of the Windy Hotel with girlfriend Sylvia Monica Loggen, 52.

Parinya Yodta, 26, of Loei, admitted to stealing the Dutchman’s Apple iPhone.Parinya Yodta, 26, of Loei, admitted to stealing the Dutchman’s Apple iPhone.

Walking Street is designated by police as a “safety zone” for tourists, supposedly enforced with stepped-up patrols and enforcement.

Hotel security guard Yuthana Kuisri told police he witnessed the event and gave police a description of the man in high heels, noting he’d fled toward the Siam Bayshore Hotel & Spa.

Police quickly found the suspect, Parinya Yodta, 26, of Loei, who had Wolven’s phone in his handbag. Police said the transvestite confessed to the pick-pocketing.

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