Boonlua Chatree

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 16:24

Sand-kicking Koh Larn beach vendor arrested

Police have arrested the Koh Larn beach attendant caught in an Internet video kicking sand on a tourist who refused to rent a beach chair from him.

A Cambodian identified only as Ping, 25, was taken into custody by provincial and Pattaya police Sept. 6, a day after the YouTube video went viral, sparking more calls for Thailand’s military regime to clear the country’s beaches of all vendors.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 15:43

Woman jumpstarts probe into missing motorbike

A Pattaya dental clinic worker jumpstarted the police’s investigation into her stolen motorbike by bringing in security-camera footage with her complaint.

Wilaiwan Boonchob, 30, reported Sept. 2 that two people had taken her three-month-old Honda Schoopy motorbike from the garage of the Prairin Apartments on Soi 12, but the theft was caught on video. Rather than wait for police to get around to pulling the CCTV footage themselves, she brought it in.

National Royal Thai Police officials expressed satisfaction with efforts by the Chonburi Immigration Office in weeding out foreign criminal elements in Pattaya.

Wednesday, 03 September 2014 15:21

Suspected Russian mobster captured in Pattaya

Chonburi Immigration Police captured an alleged Russian mobster, wanted by Interpol on extortion charges, hiding out in Pattaya.

Mark Lunev, 39, was captured outside his Baan Somprasong Condominium in Jomtien Beach Aug. 27. His arrest came after a request from the Russian Embassy to capture and extradite him.

Wednesday, 03 September 2014 15:03

Police search for clues in headless-body case

Police were working to identify a couple whose headless bodies were found floating near their abandoned yacht on Pattaya’s Near Islands.

The bodies of the couple, presumed to be European, showed no other signs of trauma and it was unknown how they were decapitated or if it occurred before or after death. An initial forensics examination pointed toward accidental death or suicide, not murder, police said.

The bodies were found about 500 meters apart Aug. 28 off Koh Sak. Both were fully clothed and not in swim or dive gear.

About 800 meters from the body of the male victim a Lagoon 400 luxury catamaran named the “Cat Rynna” was moored. Marine police reported it had been anchored there for about 10 days and, upon inspection, still had its cabin locked.

Police were investigating to determine the victims’ names and origins, as well as that of the boat and their cause of death.

Wednesday, 03 September 2014 15:02

Police raid speedboat driver dens

Pattaya police raided bungalows used by Pattaya speedboat drivers, arresting eight for drug use.

Police chief Col. Supathee Bungkhrong led the Aug. 30 operation at Bali Hai Pier. Eight boat captains tested positive for use of marijuana and methamphetamines.

One illegal Cambodian national also was found and charged with immigration violations.

Supathee said the raid was organized in order to bolster safety of tourist boats. Last year a Koh Larn ferry capsized and sunk and its driver was determined to be high on meth during the accident.

Wednesday, 03 September 2014 14:48

Koh Sichang man arrested for armed motorbike theft

A Koh Sichang man was arrested for allegedly stealing a motorbike at knifepoint outside a Pattaya 7-Eleven.

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.

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