A strange banana tree with three blossoms attracted a superstitious crowd of gamblers, who thought it somehow would bear winning lottery-number fruit.
The tree of two families of three banana blossoms was found at the Nongchumhed Pattanaram Monk Center near the Pattaya Floating Market Sept. 14.
Immigration police arrested 18 Laotian and Vietnamese women working illegally in two Sriracha restaurants / karaoke clubs. All will be deported.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.