Police grab up robbery gang targeting tourists

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Pattaya police have arrested a three-man gang that confessed to robbing numerous Thai and foreign tourists in Pattaya and Jomtien beaches for months.

Chanhom Kerdee, 57, Anan Porphu, 39, and Samarn Pongrua, 40, were presented at a police press conference July 22 where several victims, including foreigners, appeared to point out the men who allegedly stole their credit cards, wallets, mobile phones, watches, cash and more.

Chanhom Kerdee, Anan Porphu, and Samarn Pongrua have been arrested for thieving and robbing tourists at Pattaya and Jomtien beaches.Chanhom Kerdee, Anan Porphu, and Samarn Pongrua have been arrested for thieving and robbing tourists at Pattaya and Jomtien beaches.

The arrests came after victim Orathai Eimsri reported that a Thai man approached her on Jomtien Beach and, when she wasn’t paying attention, took all her belongings.

Police chased down the bag snatcher and found Anan sharing a room with the other two suspects on Soi Kaewtha Karaoke off Jomtien Second Road. Investigators said Chanhom was the leader of the gang.

Under questioning, he told police the trio would either talk to a victim and rob them while they weren’t paying attention or just snatch handbags, phones and other items and run.