Two Indians tourists were robbed by women they picked up at 4 a.m. in South Pattaya.
Gumeer Singh, 49, and Raghubir Singh, 51, lost $3,800 and 100,000 rupees in the April 18 incident.
The pair said they were staying in a hotel and went out to find some food. They said they met the two women in front of the hotel and accompanied them back to the women’s apartment for massages.
Five Thais and Cambodians were arrested for allegedly gambling illegally at Bali Hai Pier.
Police raided a “hi-lo” game at the South Pattaya jetty around 10 p.m. April 14, finding 20 locals and Khmer immigrants playing cards. About 15 of them jumped in the sea and escaped. Captured were Wachan Chaichana, 53; Chuchat Soiphimai, 42; Pratheep Khumdaeng, 43; Jakrop Khumkhong; and Cambodian Haisen Bunna, 40.
Police proudly showed off the bonanza collected from the high-stakes game: 40 baht.
The dastardly gamblers are brought to the police station to face reprimand.
Central Festival Pattaya Beach got into the Songkran spirit, hosting a musical foam party for soggy New Year’s revelers.
Pattaya City Councilman Rattanachai Sutidechanai opened the April 19 party with Central Department Stores executives and representatives from sponsor Singha Corporation Co.
The vessel the Kor Nongmai 7 (left) suffered a gaping hole in its side during a crash with the Khemthong (right), which sustained only minor damage to its bow. Tourism Ministry officials are again promising stricter regulations after 18 South Korean tourists, 1 Korean guide and 1 Thai guide were injured, five seriously, when two speedboats collided off Koh Larn.
A Swiss expat suffering from kidney disease drowned when he went skinny dipping on Wong Amat Beach.
The nude body of Hans-Peter Hermann Stamminger, 65, washed ashore near the Sky Beach Condo April 15. The body showed no injury except a needle hole from an IV bag in his arm. He’d been dead about 10 hours.
Pattaya police confiscated more than 2,000 PVC water cannons through the first week of Songkran.
Police superintendent Col. Suwan Cheaonawinthawat ordered a crackdown on the hand-made water guns, citing their historic role in blinding injuries and traffic accidents.
Two British men were arrested for allegedly using fake ATM cards to loot Pattaya-area banks.
Jacob Elliot Gatrill, 35, and Rocky Williams, 26, were apprehended in separate arrests April 5 after a complaint from Siam Commercial Bank’s fraud department.
A Huay Yai man was arrested for firing gunshots into the air in an early morning show of bravado on Third Road.
Sarawut Charoenklang, 40, was captured around 4 a.m. April 4 in front of the Moo 7 School in Nong Phungkhaew. Police found a loaded 9mm handgun on him. Three other men and a woman between ages 19 and 25 were stopped with Sarawat, searched and released.
A former Chonburi elected official was arrested for allegedly operating a large methamphetamine-dealing network on behalf of a Chonburi Prison inmate.
An elderly Norwegian drowned off Jomtien Beach after a day of drinking and sunbathing.
The lifeless body of Leif Anders Lonvik, 68, was pulled ashore at Dongtan Beach April 5. Efforts at CPR failed.
Police said witnesses reported that Lonvik was a common visitor to the beach and would spend his days drinking beer and sunbathing. No one apparently thought anything of it when he went for a swim.
Police speculated Lonvik was drunk and drowned, but the body was sent to the Forensics Institute for more-scientific determination.