Police again raid Tukcom, nab cellphone pirates, ignore fake DVDs

Friday, 24 June 2011 From Issue Vol. XIX No. 25 By  Boonlua Chatree

Chonburi police staged another in their sporadic raids of South Pattaya’s Tukcom shopping mall, this time arresting merchants of knock-off mobile phones and perfumes, while leaving movie, software and music pirates alone.

The June 14 crackdown came only after complaints from vendors of legitimate phones and colognes.

Chatchai Yaikrathok, 24, was caught sitting behind the counter of his Garfield phone booth where police apprehended him with four fake Apple iPhones, a pair of bogus Ferrari-branded handsets and several other knockoffs.

Chatchai Yaikrathok (seated, left) and Amporn Kongkaew (seated, 2nd left) were caught up in the latest police raid on Tukcom Pattaya. Chatchai Yaikrathok (seated, left) and Amporn Kongkaew (seated, 2nd left) were caught up in the latest police raid on Tukcom Pattaya.

Amporn Kongkaew, 32, was arrested in possession of eight copied Nokia and Sony-Ericsson phones and Taksin Juranon, 50, was caught with four bottles of fake perfume.

Police apparently weren’t interested in going up three floors where merchants sell copied DVDs, CDs and computer software on a daily basis.

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