Two Pattaya security guards were arrested in the Northeast for a string of armed robberies that allegedly netted them not only cash, but beer and cigarettes.
Police brought Danai Petpoom, 20, and Pornchai Manorah, 23, to a press conference Feb. 2 following their separate arrests in Khon Kaen. Seized from them was a homemade shotgun, walkie-talkie, one bullet and the motorbike they allegedly used to commit three crimes Jan. 30.
Pattaya-area officials closed a Pratamnak Hill gentlemen’s club for 30 days for operating illegally as part of a city sweep of bars and karaoke parlors.
About 50 Pattaya police and Banglamung District officers raided the Heaven Gentleman’s Lounge Club and Sport Feb. 3 after complaints the two-story house refurbished into a club was offering illicit drugs and prostitution.
Police, Banglamung District and military officials raided Planet Earth Beach Club in Jomtien Beach after complaints foreigners and Thai women were abusing drugs and disturbing neighbors with loud music.
The restaurant had been open since 2011, but as soon as old photos of its “naked sushi” specialty went viral on the Internet, the owner of Pattaya’s Tokyo Kids knew what would come next.
A British motorcyclist died after crashing into the back of a parked truck in Jomtien Beach.
Gregory Lee Simmons, 51, died at the scene of the Feb. 3 collision in front of the Thai Namtip Co. His KTM 600cc motorcycle laid near the body.
Manit Chairath, 41, the driver of the parked Hino truck, said he and a co-worker were putting up advertising signs on a traffic island before the incident. He parked the car on the side of the road and switched on his hazard lights and placed traffic cones, 20 meters from the vehicle as well, he said.
As they continued to work, they heard a big crash and turned find the big bike had rear-ended their vehicle, killing Simmons on impact.
A hotel employee distraught over his girlfriend ending their relationship killed her in Naklua before turning the gun on himself.
The bodies of Surachai Umnuay, 29, and Waramporn Janthaphan, 39, were found Feb. 2 at the Kanyanath Apartment on Soi Nongyai 6 by Waramporn’s sister.
Surachai, who worked at the Royal Cliff Hotels Group, reportedly had gone to see Waramporn, a dentist assistant in at a Third Road clinic, to try and reconcile.
When she refused, he shot her in the forehead and then shot himself in the temple.
A massive fire damaged Linglong International Tyre Co. at Rayong’s Hemaraj Eastern Seaboard Industrial Estate, causing about 1.3 billion baht in losses for one of China’s largest tire exporters. About 100 fire trucks from Rayong and Chachoengsao battled the blaze for about four hours.
Pattaya-area residents and public officials welcomed Chakorn Kanjawattana as Banglamung district’s new administrative chief.
Permanent Secretary Amnart Charoensri led civil servants, police, village chiefs, senior regional police and Nongprue Mayor Mai Chaiyanit in offering flower bouquets to Chakorn at the district office Jan. 24.
Street beggars of all ages were targeted in Pattaya, Sriracha and Chonburi as part of a Jan. 26-30 nationwide crackdown.
Somdet Nanudon, head of the Chonburi office of the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, said the Wat Chaimongkol Market, Tukcom and Beach Road were targeted in Pattaya.
Two teenagers were arrested for allegedly snatching a gold chain off a French tourist in South Pattaya.
Sakda Chanchai, 19, and Pittaya Daoruang, 18, both of Soi Nernplabwan were apprehended on Third Road Jan. 29, a short distance away from the crime scene in front of the PRS Hotel on Soi 17.