Regional police bust alleged motorcycle-theft ring

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Pattaya, Banglamung and provincial police broke up a gang of alleged motorcycle thieves who sold bikes to Burmese smugglers for as little as 2,000 baht.

Investigators announced Nov. 19 the arrest of suspected gang leader Thongpol Pomsarhai, 37; and accused accomplices, Wisit Zupmaak, 35; Prasert Abdullah, 48; Kongsak Loaprasit, 29; Sukhin Rasadornprasirth, 42; and Sakorn Meebang, 33. Two Myanmar natives, Aod Mohamad, 46, and a 33-year-old identified only as “Mew” were also apprehended.

Police bring out for the press a gang of motorcycle thieves who allegedly sold bikes to Burmese smugglers for as little as 2,000 baht. Police bring out for the press a gang of motorcycle thieves who allegedly sold bikes to Burmese smugglers for as little as 2,000 baht.

In the raid, officers recovered 13 stolen motorcycles from Banglamung, Pattaya and Saensukh, along with license plates, tax stickers, vehicle registrations and tools.

Region 2 Maj. Gen. Punya Maamen alleged that Thongpol was the primary motorbike thief and was assisted by gang members in moving the bikes to the Burmese border in Trat where each was sold off for 2,000-3,000 baht. Each theft, he said, likely took no more than two minutes.