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Provincial and local police arrested seven people - five of them underage - for allegedly robbing a string of petrol stations in Banglamung and Sriracha.

Banglamung and Chonburi officers Aug. 16 announced the arrest of Naruebet Suthikaw, 23, Thanatpol Thongtha, 18, four 16-year-olds and a 15-year-old, along with the seizure of a 38-caliber homemade gun, three motorbikes and 30,000 baht cash.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 14:56

Jomtien karaoke joint torched

Police are looking for a boastful crooner who burned down a Jomtien Beach karaoke joint after its owner spurned his romantic overtures.

Chim Watsati, 50, called police and fire fighters around 12:30 a.m. Aug. 18. Officers arrived at Thepprasit Soi 17 to find the no-name club fully engulfed. Constructed with a grass roof and with a petrol-filled motorbike aflame as well, firemen were unable to control the blaze until it burned the shack to the ground.

The well-known marching-band instructor from Phothisamphan Phitthayakhan School was shot in the head and another person was injured in a case of apparent road rage in Pattaya.

Saroj Bunmuang, 27, sustained a minor wound from a shotgun blast that blew out the back window of his Ford Ranger pickup truck Aug. 18 at the intersection of Soi Pothisan and Sukhumvit Road. Passenger Amita Kleaydaeng, 19, also sustained minor injuries from broken glass. They were treated and released from Bangkok Hospital Pattaya.

Phanthira Shanasppapha, a computer teacher at the school, said Saroj, who also is a music advisor to the Chonburi Provincial Administrative Organization, was driving Amita, a school alumnus who now attends Laem Chabang College of Technology, when they encountered a Honda sedan whose driver was moving erratically.

Saroj blew his horn two or three times to warn the driver to be careful. The middle-age driver, however, didn’t care for being honked at and raced alongside Saroj, shouting abuse.

The car then dropped behind and the driver fired a shotgun shell at the truck’s back window before speeding away.

Police are reviewing CCTV camera footage to try and identify the gunman.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 13:37

Pattaya police practice bank-robbery response

Pattaya police practiced their response to an armed bank robbery in an exercise aimed at helping both law enforcement and financial institutions in the city.

Thursday, 21 August 2014 10:53

Photojournalists’ group president dies

Journalists are mourning the death of the president of the Mass Media Photographers Association of Thailand, Vichai Walapol, who died of liver cancer at age 63.

Pattaya police have issued an arrest warrant for the mother who allegedly abducted her two Thai-British daughters during their June visit to Thailand.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 14:37

Woman hurt in drive-by shooting

Police are looking for a young motorbike driver who shot a Pattaya woman while she was transporting two other people on her motorbike on Sukhumvit Road.

Jintada Takimnok, 23, sustained a single gunshot to the left side in the Aug. 15 incident near the Pattaya Floating Market. She was taken to Banglamung Hospital for treatment.

The victim’s brother, Niphat Takimnok, 21, said he and one other person were passengers on Jintada’s motorbike as they headed out around 11 a.m. to drink.

En route, Jintada overtook a lone driver on another bike, who apparently took offense. He sped up and pulled alongside, pulling a gun and firing once at the three-person bike.

Police are examining closed-circuit television camera footage in hopes of identifying the driver.

A Chonburi man already arrested, tried, convicted and having served out his light sentences six times for gold-snatching robberies was busted yet again in South Pattaya.

A Cambodian teenager was arrested for allegedly molesting a 5-year-old Khmer girl.

Identified only as “Phutta,” the 17-year-old construction worker was taken into custody Aug. 7 following a complaint filed by the child’s parents at Pattaya Police Station.

The parents said their girl had been upset and, when questioned, told them of the rape. The child said Phutta had threatened to kill her if she told anyone.

A medical examination confirmed the molestation.

The teen, who works with the couple at a construction camp, was picked up at their camp in North Pattaya. He denied the charges.

Police question the Cambodia teen about his alleged molesting of a 5-year-old girl.Police question the Cambodia teen about his alleged molesting of a 5-year-old girl.

Wednesday, 06 August 2014 15:57

Police raid home gun factory in Huay Yai

An Issan man apparently building his own private armory in a Huay Yai garage was arrested on weapons and drugs charges by Pattaya and provincial police.

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