Pattaya police ordered to step up efforts against handbag and jewelry snatchers captured a pair of 22-year-olds who allegedly robbed a Russian tourist.
Chonburi Maj. Gen. Khatcha Thatsart ordered Pattaya Police Superintendent Col. Supachai Puikaewkam to task more officers to patrol in order to prevent the frequent street robberies.
During one patrol, Kerlina Vaskanowis, 32, reported that two individuals on a Honda Wave motorbike stole her handbag containing an Apple iPhone, 1,020 baht and a motorbike helmet.
Police bring out the suspects to announce the arrest to the media.
Police scoured the area near the crime scene at Soi 3 and Second Road, quickly capturing Issan natives Saran Pinyoying and Danai Konkam.
Police said the pair confessed to snatching many bags because they were unemployed and needed cash for partying and expenses.
Police are investigating how a long-overstaying Dutchman died naked in a restroom at a Jomtien Beach massage parlor.
Police found the body of Petrus Lohannus Geling, 53, lying in the entrance of the bathroom at Jan & Phar Massage at Jomtien Beach Road and Soi 2 April 7. His eyes were open, arms extended and hands clenched tightly.
Shop owner Somphan Shinranad, 47, claimed that Geling had come into the shop earlier the evening before, saying he felt sick. She told police she let the Dutchman lie down and rest at no charge. He remained there after the shop closed. Somphan said she and a half-dozen employees had gone to bed and, in the middle of the night, discovered the dead body.
Police suspected something a bit more salacious happened, however. Physical evidence suggested Geling had recently had sexual relations of some sort. That, combined with him being nude, left investigators questioning about the shop owner’s story.
Investigators also discovered that Geling had been living illegally in Thailand for the past six years. In his room above a Banglamung beauty shop they found a passport, which expired Oct. 2012, and a visa that permitted his stay only until March 2008.
Pattaya’s new swimming-area buoys are being blamed for another death after a fully dress 19-year-old took a stroll on one of the pontoons, fell off and drowned.
Chonburi Immigration Police arrested an alleged Russian mafia figure hiding out in Pattaya.
Nikolai Alexandrov, 44, was taken into custody March 31 following a request from the Russian embassy. Alexandrov is wanted on a Russian arrest warrant for organized crime and gambling charges.
Approached by officers, Alexandrov freely admitted he was the man officers were looking for.
A Danish tourist was killed and his wife seriously injured when their sidecar-motorbike was struck by a minibus in Pattaya.
Police found the body of Ole Larsen Tiplon Dotel, 67, lying on Sukhumvit Road in front of the Pattaya Post Office March 23. A hundred meters down the street was his unconscious wife, Tove Hansen Moellaard, 55. They had been staying on Soi 7 in Jomtien Beach.
A Finnish man died after apparently jumping from the 18th floor of a Jomtien Beach condominium.
A security guard at the condominium found the smashed body of Rusanen Karri Olavei, 52, on the top of a parking garage March 20.
Girlfriend Pannee Pongpakmoonnam, 45, said Olavei recently had come to Pattaya and was staying at the R-Con Residence in Soi Buakaow. He’d told her he was going to Jomtien Beach to see a friend.
Motive for the apparent suicide was unknown. The Finnish embassy has been contacted.
Thirty of Pattaya’s 35 closed-circuit television cameras are broken, leaving the city’s police force dependent on Family Marts, gold shops and condo buildings to capture images of crime scenes and traffic accidents.
The fire alarms never sounded when a small blaze broke out at Pattaya’s Apex Hotel, and although many guests were alerted to the fire, some guests were not and remained sleeping until staff began knocking on doors hours later.
A Chinese tour guide was killed and three others injured when a 20-year-old deliveryman on painkillers dozed off and drove onto the sidewalk at the Pattaya Floating Market.
Lui Mia Oya, a 30-year-old guide for Lucky Express Co., was killed instantly when she was hit and thrown by a Isuzu pickup truck driven by Pattarapong Kanpai of Huay Yai. Pattaya traffic volunteer Damrong Haekrathok and Isuzu passenger Phakwat Pumpuang, 17, both sustained minor injuries not requiring hospitalization. Pattarapong was hospitalized at Bangkok Hospital Pattaya.
Phakwat told police Pattarapong was delivering soft drinks from his family’s Sii Chompoo Kankha shop, but had been taking medicine for muscle pain and a cold and had fallen asleep.
Damrong said he saw the pickup speeding down Sukhumvit Road toward Sattahip and lose control, veering onto the sidewalk and instigating a four-vehicle pile-up. The Isuzu clipped a tour bus carrying students from Chiang Mai Rajabhat University, shearing off its door, which hit Damrong in the leg.
The Isuzu then rebounded, killing Liu and smashing into an RG Transport Co. bus. In the chaos, a Chevrolet Optra, driven by Ruang Janhom, 57, slammed into the back of the bus.
As police tried to sort out the accident, 51-year-old Chalao Kanpai, believed to be Pattarapong’s father, appeared at the scene and tried to convince police he was the driver in the fatal accident. Police brushed off the claim and will press charges against the hospitalized youth.
An honest Thai taxi driver returned a wallet containing more than 50,000 baht left in his cab by an Iranian tourist.
Wichian Phonkhong, 57, turned in the wallet containing important documents, 6,000 baht and $1,500 to Pattaya Police Superintendent Col. Supachai Puikaewkam March 19.