Sri Lankan loses 100,000 baht to ladyboy pickpockets

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Police are searching for two transvestites who allegedly robbed a Sri Lankan man of almost 100,000 baht during an after-midnight stroll on Pattaya Beach.

In a story backed up by a witness, Sanaratne Sampath, 44, said he was walking near Soi 4 around 2 a.m. March 24 when he was accosted by four ladyboys who worked as a team to distract him while gang members picked his pocket.

Kakmol Buranapreecha and Maliwan Sukhlom have been arrested for pickpocketing a tourist. Kakmol Buranapreecha and Maliwan Sukhlom have been arrested for pickpocketing a tourist.

The light-fingered cross-dressers took his wallet containing $3,000, 5,500 baht and about 1,560 baht in Sri Lankan rupees. A variety of credit cards was also taken.

Police mobilized and managed to apprehend two of the suspected thieves, Kakmol Buranapreecha, 26, and Maliwan Sukhlom, 52. Both Sampath and witness Mohamed Makeen identified the transvestites as two of the alleged thieves.

Both were searched, but the Sri Lankan’s wallets was not on them.

Police are now searching for the other two pickpockets.