Police step up patrols after ATM heist


Pattaya police stepped up patrols of ATM booths, convenience stores, gas stations, banks and gold shops following a teller machine heist that netted thieves 2 million baht.

Superintendent Supachai Puikaewkam dispatched officers for their high-profile patrols May 1 following orders from Chonburi Provincial Police officials.

The orders came after thieves used a blowtorch to steal 2 million baht from an ATM in Nongprue on April 29.

Superintendent Supachai Puikaewkam dispatches officers for patrols May 1.Superintendent Supachai Puikaewkam dispatches officers for patrols May 1.

Chonburi Maj. Gen. Khatcha Thatsart ordered 24-hour patrols at high-risk locations. For Pattaya, he specifically suggested business owners should install closed-circuit television cameras and maintain them in working order. Ironically, more than 80 percent of Pattaya’s city-owned cameras are now out of service.