GPS leads police to alleged motorbike theft gang

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A motorbike’s Global Positioning System locator helped police arrest three people behind a Plutaluang-based motorcycle theft ring.

Following the coordinates on the Kanittha Tangsanthia’s Honda PCX bike, which she reported stolen from the Big C Extra market in central Pattaya, police turned up at Ekthani Village 4 to find three suspects and eight stolen bikes.

Taken into custody were Sompong Saowarot, 48, Wanchai Ekjeen, 43, and Thimpika Sangrocha, 22.

Sompong Saowarot, Wanchai Ekjeen and Thimpika Sangrocha have been remanded to custody on suspicion of grand theft. Sompong Saowarot, Wanchai Ekjeen and Thimpika Sangrocha have been remanded to custody on suspicion of grand theft.

Police said Sompong confessed he’d been working with Wanchai and his wife to nab bikes at malls from Sattahip to Laem Chabang. He supposedly confessed to stealing more than 100 bikes in Chonburi and Rayong.

Theft victims are encouraged to contact Pattaya police in hopes of perhaps getting their property returned.