A Kazakh man was arrested on theft and drugs charges following reports he had victimized tourists in Pattaya.
Husein Koboel, 34, was taken into custody at his Pattaya Park residence April 4. Police said he had been living in Thailand for two years with no passport or identification.
Officers said Koboel told them he roamed around Pattaya, finding tourists and telling them that Pattaya was a dangerous place and that they should hire him for security and advice. He then would steal their belongings.
He said he also burglarized hotel rooms and condominiums rented by visitors, using money generated by selling the valuables for drugs.
He was charged with using methamphetamines and marijuana, stealing two motorbikes and residing illegally in the kingdom.