Theerarak Suthathiwong

Area bank employees were given lessons in how to handle robberies through scenarios acted out by Pattaya police.

Participants were taken to a local bank where two police officers took the roles as armed bank robbers. Wearing motorcycle helmets, officers acted out a robbery situation in which guns were pointed at bank clerks, who were threatened to hand over cash. Officers then fled on a motorbike.

Patrol officers were contacted and the “robbers” were caught in central Pattaya.

“This is a holdup. If everyone cooperates, no one will get hurt.” Police stage a bank robbery to train staff and officers how to react.“This is a holdup. If everyone cooperates, no one will get hurt.” Police stage a bank robbery to train staff and officers how to react.

Police superintendent Col. Sukthat Pumpunmuang said that practices of real-life situations are held regularly as robberies can happen quickly and unexpectedly just about anytime and anywhere.

Police intend to provide methods of how to react and who to contact if it really happens, he said.

Wednesday, 02 September 2015 13:24

Underage driver kills pedestrian in South Pattaya

A pedestrian was killed when she was struck by a car driven by an unlicensed 17-year-old boy in South Pattaya.

The underage driver, another 17-year-old passenger and 18-year-old passenger Wanwisa Senjathurath also were hurt in the Aug. 23 crash near the intersection of South and Sukhumvit Roads. All three were taken to Bangkok Hospital Pattaya.

Struck and killed was a woman identified only as Namfon, who was crossing the street to Thamsamakee Temple when she was struck by the teen’s Toyota Yaris.

A woman lies dead in the street (background) after being struck by a car (foreground) driven by an unlicensed 17-year-old boy.A woman lies dead in the street (background) after being struck by a car (foreground) driven by an unlicensed 17-year-old boy.

The victim reportedly flew dozens of meters before landing in the street while the Toyota smashed into a parked Isuzu pickup and a six-wheeled truck.

Inside the car police found a school bag, a pack of cigarettes and two bottles of liquor.

Wednesday, 02 September 2015 13:11

Thief preys on N. Pattaya food vendors

Police are looking for a man wanted for stealing handbags from North Pattaya food vendors.

Police were called Aug. 25 to a construction site behind Central Center on Phettrakul Road where Nonglak Thammalit, 35, said a customer had stolen her purse containing 3,000 baht, mobile phone, credit cards and various documents.

She said the man, about 175 cm. tall and in his 30s, had been a customer previously and this time had ordered three meals to go. While she was cooking, he grabbed her bag lying nearby and ran off.

As they questioned Nonglak Tongbeng, a 50-year-old fruit vendor, who told police a similar story.

Two days earlier, she said, a man came to buy a durian with a 1,000 baht note. Both seller and customer said they didn’t have change, so the suspect offered to take Tongbeng to his apartment where he had change. She left her handbag with a friend and rode off with the man.

At the apartment house, he dropped her off and said his foreign girlfriend would come down to pay, and then sped off, leaving her there. She waited some time before realizing she had been set up.

She returned to her fruit cart to find that the suspect had returned first and told the friend holding her purse that Tongbeng had asked him to bring it to her. The friend handed over the purse to the stranger.

Police are checking CCTV cameras to try and identify the thief and warned vendors to be more careful with their valuables.

Police and military are stepping up their visual presence on Walking Street to try and secure the area, and increase tourist confidence following the August 17 bombing of the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok.

The president of the Pattaya Business & Tourism Association said the Aug. 17 bombing of a Bangkok shrine caused only a 2 percent drop in Chinese tourists in Pattaya in the three days after.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015 14:23

Man held in murder of Pattaya beer bar owner

Police have detained a man suspected of involvement in the disappearance and murder of a Pattaya beer bar owner in Rayong.

Identified only as “Tan”, the 35-year-old Thai man was taken into custody by Pattaya police Aug. 14, three days after the partial remains of Kanitsorn Insarai, 32, were found burnt in a pineapple field in Rayong’s Ban Khai District.

A Chinese woman reported by mainland websites to have died mysteriously on Pattaya Beach in fact passed away of illness in a downtown condominium, police said.

The body of Zhang Chunrong, 20, was found partially nude on a balcony of her rented View Talay 7 room next to Central Festival Pattaya Beach Aug. 4. The case was picked up by Chinese social-media websites ShanghaiList. com and China.org during the week after.

Pattaya police, however, say Chinese tabloid-style reports got the story wrong, reporting that the university student had flown to Thailand to meet a mystery man, canceled her flight home, left her tour group and ended up dead on Pattaya Beach.

In truth, investigators who reopened the case Aug. 14 said, the young woman died of an apparent illness contracted at home.

Lin Kun, 32, a friend of Zhang’s, said she went to pick up the woman at Suvarnabhumi International Airport Aug. 3 and, after clearing immigration, had to take her to the airport medical center as she felt terribly sick. She was prescribed medication for gas and heartburn.

Li took her friend to the View Talay condo and returned the next day. At the time, she said Zhang had insisted on going out on the balcony naked, even though Li told her it was inappropriate. She then left her friend on the veranda while she ran an errand.

Li told police she returned shortly after to find Zhang dead with only a shirt on, a towel at her feet.

Pol. Lt. Themthrong Rodsiri said the dead woman had no external signs of injury or assault and speculated the death was connected to her earlier illness or a congenital problem.

However, the body was sent to the Forensics Institute to officially determine the cause of death.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015 13:57

Authorities reassure tourists about security

Police, soldiers and local government officials fanned out across the Bali Hai Pier area to reassure Koh Larn-bound tourists that Pattaya is taking security seriously following the Bangkok shrine bombing.

The family of a Chonburi cyclist struck and killed preparing for the Bike for Mom event has received a reef and compensation thanks to HRH Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:45

Overturned acid tanker closes Highway 36

An acid leak from a flipped container truck closed Highway 36 for a time Aug. 13, but caused no injuries.

The Hino Motors truck, with a load of hydrogen peroxide, overturned on the rain-slicked highway near kilometer 19-900 in the Baan Khlong Yai area of Pong sub-district.

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