Theerarak Suthathiwong

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 14:15

‘Tickets for gold’ dealer arrested

Pattaya police arrested another local resident for allegedly selling tickets for a variant of the illegal underground lottery that awards gold, not cash, as prizes.

Pattaya police broke up a juvenile gang of Thai and Cambodian teens that allegedly have been burglarizing foreigner-owned homes for months.

Five members of the so-called Black Suit Gang of teens ages 14-17 allegedly were led by a Cambodian youth named Korn. Police said he confessed to leading his gang to break into 20 Pattaya homes owned by foreigners, with expectations of getting rich off their foreign wealth.

More than 100 Thai tour guides petitioned Pattaya police and city officials to crack down on illegal foreign guides operating locally.

The group, led by Paisarn Suethanawong of the Tour Guide Association of Thailand, marched along Pattaya Beach from the Dusit Curve to the police station at Soi 9. Along the way, they encountered a Chinese tour guide they claimed was operating illegally.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 13:36

3 arrested; crystal meth, ketamine seized

Banglamung police used a string of arrests to narrow their search for the Bangkok supplier of crystal methamphetamine and ketamine.

Chonburi resident Mrs. Kanuengnit “May” Johnstone, 37, was arrested June 14 with 1.4 grams of ya ice. Under interrogation, she ratted out her alleged supplier and participated in a sting operation to arrest Srongwut Tiensit, 23 of Banglamung, on South Road. A subsequent search of his Jinda Mansion apartment on Soi Kophai unearthed 38 ecstasy tablets and 2 bottles of ketamine.

Mrs. Kanuengnit Johnstone, Srongwut Tiensit, and Taweesak Sudpanya have been arrested on drugs charges.Mrs. Kanuengnit Johnstone, Srongwut Tiensit, and Taweesak Sudpanya have been arrested on drugs charges.

Police said Srongwut confessed and claimed his supplier was Taweesak Sudpanya, 28 of Bangkok. Another undercover operation resulted in his arrest and the seizure of 180 bottles of ketamine.

Taweesak reportedly told police his supplier was a man named Tam in Bangkok, who authorities are still trying to locate.

A British man was critically injured after allegedly being shot by his lover who he accused of seeing other men.

Colin Thomas Gardiner, 67, suffered two 38-caliber gunshots to the neck and ear region outside the K Apartments on Soi Sethi in Nongprue June 17.

A Banglamung man was arrested for allegedly stealing a motorbike belonging to his transgender lover.

Peeyangkul Klongklaew, 19, was apprehended June 15 in Sriracha, along with the white and red Honda Click reported stolen by Nassanan Boonmanee, 24, who moved in with the suspect a week after they met on the Line messaging service.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 13:11

4 arrested in tourist bag snatch

Pattaya police arrested three men who allegedly snatched a handbag from a Kazakh tourist.

Chusak Sakulthong, 23, Suriya Mahaniyom, 22, and Surachat Kachai, 24, were apprehended near Bali Hai Pier minutes after Yanina Navruzova, 29, reported her bag stolen at the Naval Radio Station viewpoint on Pratamnak Hill June 20.

The Chonburi Public Health Department joined local police in raiding a Pattaya massage parlor for allegedly selling substandard food and drugs.

Officers hit Suvarnabhumi Thai Massage June 16 after authorities received numerous complaints from tourists. They recovered Suvarnabhumi-branded balm along with edible shark fin and bird’s nest soup. Owner Nushree Thaesuji, 55, was charged with illegally selling drugs.

Chonburi officials say a Pattaya seafood restaurateur shown on video allegedly spraying insecticide over her fish was, in fact, using canola oil. The clip was posted on social media by a rival vendor.

The province’s Public Health Department went to inspect Paul Thai Food and question owner Sompong Yaha, 44, about the video, which went viral on the Internet.

Fast thinking by the assistant manager of Pattaya’s B-Quick tire shop may have saved a customer a financial headache.

Niyom Saesamrong, 33, turned in to police on June 14 a woman’s wallet he found containing the equivalent of more than 30,000 baht in Thai, South Korean and Japanese currency.

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