Pattaya police have arrested a three-man gang that confessed to robbing numerous Thai and foreign tourists in Pattaya and Jomtien beaches for months.
Chanhom Kerdee, 57, Anan Porphu, 39, and Samarn Pongrua, 40, were presented at a police press conference July 22 where several victims, including foreigners, appeared to point out the men who allegedly stole their credit cards, wallets, mobile phones, watches, cash and more.
Chanhom Kerdee, Anan Porphu, and Samarn Pongrua have been arrested for thieving and robbing tourists at Pattaya and Jomtien beaches.
The arrests came after victim Orathai Eimsri reported that a Thai man approached her on Jomtien Beach and, when she wasn’t paying attention, took all her belongings.
Police chased down the bag snatcher and found Anan sharing a room with the other two suspects on Soi Kaewtha Karaoke off Jomtien Second Road. Investigators said Chanhom was the leader of the gang.
Under questioning, he told police the trio would either talk to a victim and rob them while they weren’t paying attention or just snatch handbags, phones and other items and run.
A 37-year-old Kazakhstan national wanted back home for rape, murder and robbery was captured hiding out in Pattaya.
Syrym Parmanov was taken into custody by immigration police at a house he rented in SP Village on Soi Siam Country Club July 21.
The arrest came upon a request from the Kazakh embassy who had listed him in an Interpol “red notice” for conspiring with four others to mug, rape and murder a woman in Kazakhstan and steal her car in mid-2010.
Parmanov entered Thailand on a student visa on Nov 25 last year and was only permitted to stay in the kingdom until July 6. He was held for overstaying his visa until he could be deported.
Kazakhstan national Syrym Parmanov will be deported to face charges of rape, murder and robbery.
A drunk Koh Samui man was arrested for allegedly robbing a disabled lottery vendor of five tickets at gunpoint.
Chaiwichit Chaina, 38, was captured while drinking at Nangfah Karaoke on Third Road July 25. Police recovered what turned out to be a fake gun and the tickets from his wife’s purse.
Pattaya has bought an “insurance policy” to obtain extra protection against water shortages caused by the ongoing drought, buying reserve water from Sattahip District.
Ten tourists had to be rescued after their Koh Larn speedboat began taking on water.
Rescue officials were notified July 10 that the Chok Charlee 2 was in distress about a nautical mile off Bali Hai Pier. They arrived to find other speedboats picking up the panicked passengers.
Three men were arrested for allegedly smashing the windows of a van they thought was owned by someone who owned their employer money.
Teerayut Saengmanee, 33, German-Thai Nathapak Kiertfilipine, 32, and Subin Thiparak, 24, were charged with property damage by breaking the front and rear windows of a van owned by Jularath Kawee, 26, near the post office on Chaiyapruek Road July 11.
Another suspect, Pittayapol Na Dara, 24, remains at large.
Teerayut Saengmanee, German-Thai Nathapak Kiertfilipine, and Subin Thiparak were arrested and charged with property damage.
At a police press conference, the three confessed they broke the windows because they thought the van was still owned by a man named Noy who owes 50,000 baht to Bandit Na Dara, 40, who is currently a monk in one of Sattahip’s temples.
They didn’t know the van was sold to Jularath before Noy went upcountry.
A condominium manager was arrested for allegedly beating a stray dog.
Tawat Pinyibyok, 50, was taken into custody by police and soldiers July 13, a day after being questioned and released for the abuse of a black stray dog found lying on the grounds of the Pattaya City Resort Condominium.
A British man was seriously injured after falling from the fifth floor of a Jomtien Beach hotel.
Brien Strathern, 30, was taken to Pattaya Memorial Hospital with multiple broken bones, cuts and bruises after the fall from the Eurostar Hotel on Jomtien Beach Soi 1.
Hotel employee Darin Phuraso, 26, said the Scottish man had checked into the hotel that day and had been heard screaming in his room. Later, staffers heard the thud of his body hitting the ground.
Police, who believe it might have been a botched suicide attempt, were waiting for Strathern to recover before questioning him.
A Swiss English teacher called for help from Pattaya officials after his cat climbed a three-story tree, but couldn’t get down.
Peter Mercsinger, a 71-year-old instructor at a Bangkok university, was waiting next to a tall palm tree when officials arrived at his Soi Chalermprakiet 10/1 home June 27.
A Pattaya disco is battling a 10-day closure order after scandalous photos of a woman appearing to be performing oral sex on a South Korean there prompted scrutiny of the bar’s record-keeping.
808 First Class Clubbing on Walking Street was ordered closed June 29 for problems related to registration of its staff. The bar has appealed the order from Banglamung District Chief Chakorn Kanjawattana and, as of July 4, remained open.
The order came after the Internet erupted over photos of a woman who appeared to be giving a smirking South Korean man oral sex at a bar. The photos, snapped and posted online by a woman, brought howls of outrage, with online posters claiming that it would ruin the image of Thailand.
Police revisit the scene of the alleged incident that caused such a stir on Facebook.
Chakorn was joined by Pattaya police chief Pol. Col. Sukthat Pumpunmuang and Chonburi chief Pol. Gen. Nitipong Niamnoi about 18 hours after the incident occurred.
Interrogating both security guards and bar management, they heard that the couple entered the disco just before its closing at 3 a.m. and that two Thai women reported the fellatio incident to guards, who immediately threw the amorous pair out.
Pattaya officials said security handled the incident correctly and the bar had broken no laws. However, scrutiny of the bars licenses and paperwork found irregularities, which prompted Chakorn to issue the short closure as penalty.
Chakorn added that all club operators in the area will be invited to a hearing to where government policies and regulations will be established to prevent such things from happening again.