3 arrested for guns, motorbike thefts

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Banglamung police announced the arrest of two men and a teenager for separately putting together guns and taking apart motorbikes.

Paisan Daungsopa, 57, was arrested at his home June 23 where police found a 38-caliber pistol, five steel gun frames, six barrels and various pieces of gun-manufacturing equipment.

Jailed a year in 2010 for illegally making firearms, Paisan was accused of not only manufacturing pistols again, but teaching others, including 10 Burmese men, how to do it.

He was charged with illegal weapons possession.

Motorcycle thief Saharat Polraj (left) and gun maker Paisan Daungsopa (right) were arrested and had their cache of gun and motorcycle parts confiscated.Motorcycle thief Saharat Polraj (left) and gun maker Paisan Daungsopa (right) were arrested and had their cache of gun and motorcycle parts confiscated.

Separately, Saharat Polraj, 19, and a 17-year-old boy were arrested at a Banglamung checkpoint after officers saw them riding motorbikes with fake and missing license plates. The Honda Waves matched the description of those reported stolen.

Police said Saharat confessed to being the leader of the “Baby-Tooth Gang” which used six minors ages 14-17 to steal motorbikes around the Pattaya area. The bikes were then disassembled and their parts sold.

Officers searched the gang’s Nong Plalai headquarters and found two motorbikes, two frames, various engines and 25 spare parts.