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Two French nationals were arrested for allegedly burglarizing Pattaya hotel rooms.

Mohamed Meghraoui, 35, and Leila Boukazza, 37, were apprehended Nov. 24 at their Dang Apartments room. When police broke through the door they caught the couple dumping wallets and other valuables out the window. Fortunately for investigators, officers were stationed outside and caught all the evidence.

Wednesday, 04 December 2013 15:09

Police seek karaoke bar worker on rape charges

Police are searching for a Pattaya karaoke bar employee accused of raping a 19-year-old Phetchabun woman.

The victim filed a complaint with police Nov. 29 that a man she knows only as “Kot” raped her in her South Pattaya apartment then fled into Rungland Village. She gave officers a photo of her attacker.

The woman knows her assailant from the Dern Karaoke Bar on Soi Korphai. She also was accused by another woman, identified only as “Naen,” of flirting with Kot, whom Naen fancied.

The victim told police that Naen had illegally entered her room after duping a maid into giving her a room key. The two got into an argument over Kot, who suddenly appeared at the room.

Naen left, the victim said, but Kot did not and forced himself on her.

Investigators sent her to the hospital for a rape exam and are now seeking an arrest warrant for the bar worker.

About 20 teenagers were arrested after two rival youth gangs got into a stick-wielding melee on Loy Krathong.

The teens, all between the ages of 15 and 17, were just a third of the group that battled each other with wooden planks and steel bars on Jomtien Beach at Soi 3 Nov. 18. There were no reported injuries.

One man died and another was hospitalized after crashing their motorbikes while trying to show off for women on Loy Krathong.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 14:55

Squatters burn own shack after lottery loss

A garbage collector squatting on land in Nongprue burned down his own shack after losing all his money on the lottery.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 15:39

Immigration Police take out the foreign trash

7 fugitives, wanted on offenses from pedophilia to drug dealing arrested in Pattaya & Bangkok

Reconfirming how often international criminals think they can use Thailand as safe haven from the law, Chonburi Immigration Police announced the arrest of seven fugitives wanted on offenses ranging from child molestation to drug dealing to embezzlement.

Thursday, 14 November 2013 10:00

Australian arrested for fake ATM card use

An Australian man has been arrested for allegedly using fake electronic cards to steal 10 million baht from Pattaya ATMs.

Peter Junas, 42, was captured following a police stakeout of city automated-teller machines prompted by a complaint from the Siam Commercial Bank fraud department. Officers found 10,000 baht and a dozen fake ATM cards on him.

An underage teenage couple has been arrested for brutally stabbing a North Pattaya motorbike taxi in a robbery for 1,420 baht.

The Bangkok youths, ages 15 and 17, were found by police hiding in a wooded area near the murder scene close to the Chan Resort on Thappraya Soi 15 Nov. 9. Both were covered in blood and the 17-year-old male was still holding the 20 cm. knife used to kill 45-year-old Amanrt Chongvarin. The 15-year-old girl’s purse was found near the body by police about 20 minutes after he was killed.

Amanrt, originally from Pichit, was stabbed once in the neck and 11 additional times in the back, chest and stomach.

Police said the kids confessed to coming to Pattaya from Bangkok to party and hired the motorbike taxi on Soi 1 in North Pattaya. Officers said the suspects originally just planned to rob the driver, but when he resisted they stabbed him.

The suspects stole 1,420 baht from the dead man. They left him slumped over his motorbike and dying.

Amanrt’s wife, Wichiern Phaphao, 42, met with police and urged them to take extreme action against the youths, who were charged with conspiracy to commit murder and robbery.

Wednesday, 06 November 2013 14:46

Russian tourist hit by motorbike

A Russian woman was injured after being hit by a motorbike while crossing Second Road.

Tatiana Evseenko, 25, suffered cuts to the head and leg injuries from being run over by the Yamaha Fino driven by 33-year-old Yodchai Sirichokchai Oct. 29. The accident occurred near the McDonald’s on Second Road at Soi 6, just a block from a non-functioning pedestrian crossing light.

The Buriram native told police the couple were walking in the middle of the road after midnight and that Evseenko was winged by a passing bike, spinning her around and directly into his path. She fell and he ran over her legs.

Police planned to interview the victim once she recovers sufficiently at the hospital.

Wednesday, 06 November 2013 14:22

Collectors flock to Buddhist amulet show

Collectors flocked to the Pattaya Indoor Sports Arena for evaluations and prizes for this year’s Buddhist amulet preservation show.