An honest baht bus driver saved a Russian couple’s holiday when he returned 60,000 baht left in his taxi.
Surachoke Sapchareon, 49, found a bag containing 9,000 baht, $900, 2,000 rubles, identification cards and other documents Oct. 25. He brought it to Pattaya Police Station so it could be returned to owners Daria Labkovskaya and Mikhail Azovskii.
Two men who robbed a Sukhumvit Road 7-Eleven have hit at least one more area convenience store.
A clerk at a 7-Eleven on Jomtien Second Road behind the Villa Navin Hotel called police Oct. 20 after two knife-wielding men robbed the store about 1:30 a.m. of 2,000 baht.
Security cameras at the shop were broken, but clerk Amorath Sangrath was shown CCTV photos of the two suspects in the Oct. 17 robbery and she believes they were the same men.
Both robberies were completed in less than three minutes. Police have been ordered to recheck all CCTV cameras in the area to try and track down the thieves.
Police arrested six people believed to be part of an international ring responsible for stealing more than 200 motorbikes in the Pattaya area.
Thais Wuttdanai Rungarun, 21, Nichaphat Choksiri, 31, and Thanakorn Wattanasaewi, 38; and Cambodians Shangpeab, 35, Aon, 33, and Jeaw Meangkeang, 19, were captured by Banglamung and provincial police Oct. 17. Three stolen bikes, one license plate, a 9mm handgun and a number of anti-tampering devices were seized.
Local educators reviewed curriculum aimed at preparing students for the ASEAN Economic Community at a meeting in Pattaya.
Deputy Mayor Wattana Chantanawaranon presided over the Oct. 6 meeting at the Town In Town Hotel with school principals and teachers. The meeting was sponsored by the Educational Supervisor Department of the Office of Education of Pattaya.
Two transvestites were arrested for allegedly pick-pocketing a drunk Russian tourist on Pattaya Beach.
Araya Pasouk, 23, and Pramuan Tanawong, 25, were arrested after being restrained by passersby at Beach Road and Soi 11 Oct. 9. Tourist Kulik Grigoriy identified the suspects as having robbed him of 3,200 baht.
Police said the two ladyboys admitted to robbing the Russian because he was drunk. They said the tourist was not the first they’d pickpocketed.
If you see either of these two transvestites, steer clear as they have admitted to pick-pocketing tourists on several occasions.
A Polish man escaped injury when he jumped out the third-story window of a Soi 6 bar after going into a manic rage in one of its rented rooms.
Denis Wieslaw Leszek, 43, fell onto a second-story awning of the Solo Club and to the pavement on the infamous bar street following an altercation with a transvestite and another foreigner in the room above.
A Chantaburi man recently released from prison after serving nearly seven years for attempted murder has been arrested for allegedly raping a Danish woman in Huay Yai.
Actress Savika “Pinky” Chaiyadej wed real estate executive Itthi “Petch” Chavalittamrong in a media-blitz ceremony in Pattaya.
The couple tied the knot in an Islamic ceremony at The Cove condominium Sept. 12, presided over by Professor Imron Marurim with friends and family attending.
A remorseful construction worker turned himself in to Banglamung police for hanging his two dogs behind a Nong Plalai gas station.
Mana Nutheeprasert, 44, surrendered Sept. 18, a day after a photo of the two dead dogs hung on a green nylon rope at the Highway 36 natural-gas vehicle station in Krating Lai went viral on the Internet. Activists from the A Call for Animal Rights Foundation posted Mana’s name and a 20,000 baht reward on its Facebook page.
After he found out he was wanted, Mana Nutheeprasert surrendered to police.
The two dogs - one of which was pregnant - were said by neighbors to often lay on the vehicles at the station, but were not aggressive.
Banglamung police had issued a warrant for animal cruelty for the Samut Prakan native who had lived behind the station for three years. When the photo went up on the Internet, he was working in Hua Hin and couldn’t be reached.
The maximum penalty Mana faces is a 1,000 baht fine and a month in jail.
Once Mana learned of the scandal, he surrendered to police and was questioned by the commander of Region 2 police, Maj. Gen. Sanit Mahataworn. Sanit said Mana told him the killing was done impulsively out of anger at the dogs, which had a habit of jumping on his car, scratching the paint.
Mana admitted to beating the dogs previously to break them on sleeping on vehicles, but when he caught them on his car again, he lost his temper, Sanit said.
“I feel ashamed of what I have done,” Mana said. “Therefore, I have turned myself in to police to face the law and I beg for forgiveness from the society for my actions. This happened because of the heat of the moment and I am also an animal lover.”
Sanit condemned the act, especially as it violated Buddhist principles. He said that in addition to jail time, Mana would be required to talk to a therapist.
A Belgian man died after falling through the roof of his Jomtien Beach guesthouse during a repair job.
John Hoemlund, 64, suffered a broken neck in the Sept. 18 accident at the Royal Star Guesthouse near the Mae La Or Market.