A Ukrainian man was arrested for shoplifting from a Pattaya convenience store.
Slava Ocnach, 35, was taken into custody Oct. 19 following an incident the day before at the Big C Mini shop on Soi Khao Talo. Police recovered several stolen items along with a pack of dried marijuana.
A Big C Mini store clerk gives police a positive ID of the Ukrainian thief.
Store clerks accused the Ukrainian of stealing merchandise worth 2,547 baht. They found him suspicious, but rather than confront the Eastern European, a clerk simply photographed his motorbike license plate and contacted police.
Ocnach had rented the bike from Sisima Chanda who gave police his contact information.
Banglamung District officials continued their crackdown on shops and bars offering illegal shisha tobacco.
A deaf man was arrested for allegedly stealing a motorbike from Bali Hai Pier.
Sarawuth Thongpaiboon, 28, was brought to a police news conference Oct. 15 where he was pointed out by victim, Tanit Pornsit, 30.
Pattaya Police commended their outstanding officers and volunteers in a merit-making ceremony for National Police Day.
Superintendent Pol. Col. Sukthat Pumpunmuang presented certifications to 24 police officers from the Soi 9 station and 39 volunteers for their outstanding service as a way to boost morale Oct. 13.
Police are searching for a motorcycle-taxi driver who beat and robbed a Norwegian man after an all-night drinking session.
Tore Klungeruik, 50, lost about 12,000 baht and his smartphone in the attack near the intersection of Central and Third roads early Oct. 8.
Klungeruik told police through a translator that he was out drinking from early evening until dawn at bars around Pattaya and on Walking Street. When he finally decided he’d had enough around 5 a.m., he flagged down a man who may or may not have been a registered motorcycle-taxi driver.
Norwegian Tore Klungeruik reports to police how a motorcycle taxi allegedly beat and robbed him.
The Norwegian agreed to a fare of 200 baht to take him to his hotel, but the Thai man drove around Pattaya for nearly a half hour until he elbowed his passenger in the face, knocking him off the bike. Once on the ground, he was kicked repeatedly and robbed, Klungeruik said.
The victim was taken to Pattaya Memorial Hospital for treatment and police planned to review CCTV camera footage to try and identify his attacker.
A Russian man has been arrested for the July 9 killing of a Pattaya woman’s pitbull terrier.
Alexander Ponomarev, 30, was arrested Oct. 7 after Pac-Pattaya, an animal rights organization, filed a complaint with police about the slaughter of Rot Thang, a seven-month-old male pitbull owned by 58-year-old Duangporn Sabua.
Duangporn had been walking her dog near a restaurant by the Welcome Jomtien Hotel at Jomtien Beach July 9 when she saw Ponomarev walking with two knives in his hands. Seeing the Russian, the pitbull barked and the Russian allegedly then attack the dog, stabbing it until it died.
Alexander Ponomarev and charged with stabbing to death a Pattaya woman’s seven-month-old male pitbull terrier.
The pup has been kept in cold storage since the crime as evidence for when police ever caught the attacker. Seeing the bloody corpse of her pooch, Duangporn broke down in tears again.
The Russian now faces charges under Thailand’s new animal-welfare law.
A German man who apparently succumbed to a night of drinking was found dead on Pattaya Beach with his last bottle of whisky.
The body, found near the entrance to Soi 6 around 8:30 a.m. Oct. 10, was identified as Torsten Otto Rudolf Drews, 48, from Braunschweig, Germnay. An empty bottle of imported liquor was laying next to him.
There were no signs of external injury and it was estimated he had been dead for only an hour or two.
Garbage collector Sanob Kaewsathron, 48, told police he had seen the German drinking on the beach around 12:30 that morning and continuing for hours.
Three transvestites were arrested for allegedly pickpocketing foreign tourists in Pattaya.
Police announced the capture of Atorn Kitkla, 27, Patomporn Horadee, 22, and Sodpon Piempetch, 23, Oct. 1. They were apprehended with a wallet, coins, $1,900 in U.S. currency, an ID card that belonged to a Taiwanese tourist and four ATM cards.
Two men were arrested for allegedly bashing in the head of a drinking pal over his refusal to pay for his share of the liquor.
Sampao Hinart, 42, and Wittaya Saramul, 28, on Oct. 3 re-enacted their confessed murder of Pongsak Polsriratch, 46, of Kaeng Kroh District in Chaiyaphum province a day earlier. He was found dead in the bushes near Pattaya Third Road and Bali Hai Pier flyover.
Millions in baht in cash and jewelry were stolen from a Pattaya home burglarized three times previously without police catching any of the thieves, a caretaker claimed.