Acting on information received from a member of the public, Pattaya Police arrested a 38 year old man in the early hours of Tuesday who was caught in possession of a variety of firearms, gun parts and a large bag of the class 5 drug Marijuana.
Police have been searching for Khun Cherchat for some time and tracked him down to a Coach Park in Soi Tamnan in East Pattaya on Tuesday.
Inside his coach was a bag of Marijuana containing 11.15g of the drug and a variety of pistols, rifles and gun parts. He was escorted to Pattaya Police Station where Police Colonel Supatee, the Acting Superintendent of Pattaya Police Station, announced to the gathered media that the suspect had previously purchased BB Guns and parts for BB Guns and thanks to the internet was able to convert the non-lethal firearms into lethal weapons. The weapons would then be sold via internet forums.
Khun Cherchat claimed the weapons in his possession were yet to be tested and he could not confirm if they were able to fire live bullets or not. Despite this, he was charged with a total of 5 offenses and awaits Trial.
On Monday morning, the Region 2 Police Commissioner, announced the arrest of a 56 year old Spanish National, who was caught with a skimmer and over 1,000 ATM cards.
The suspect, Mr. Fernando Manuel Navaro, was arrested by Chonburi Provincial Police Special Investigators and was caught with a skimmer, laptop computer, 109 ATM cards and over 1,000 blank cards.
It is suspected he placed devices on ATM’s around the Pattaya area and it is estimated he had stolen tens of millions of Baht from unsuspecting foreign and Thai bank account holders. It was also known that he was working for two Romanian men who are believed not to be in Thailand and he would send a percentage of the proceeds drawn from the bank accounts in Pattaya back to Romania.
If found guilty of Bank card fraud in Court Mr. Navaro could face a maximum penalty of 6 years in Prison and/or a fine of up to 100,000 Baht.
Police are currently hunting for a Pattaya City Hall Sewage Truck Driver who is wanted in connection with a fatal road accident on the Sukhumvit Road in South Pattaya on Monday afternoon.
Police and medics were called to the scene of the crash at 3.20pm and began CPR on the victim, a female motorbike driver named as Khun Wasinporn age 21. CPR continued as she was taken away in an ambulance and her current condition is unknown.
A witness to the crash, Khun Tongbon aged 45 saw the Sewage Truck turn at-speed, off the Pattaya-bound carriageway of the Sukhumvit Road towards the South Pattaya Road when the truck struck a slower moving motorbike which was also making the same turn.
Police were keen to speak with the truck driver, named as Khun Duan aged 38 by work colleagues, but he decided to run away from the scene of the crash before authorities arrived.
Police are now searching for the truck driver who is expected to be charged over the crash, when found.
In the early hours of Monday a 23 year old food vendor was stabbed in his hand during a fight with a drug addict who was desperate to purchase Yabba.
The incident occurred just before 3am and was initially dealt with by Pattaya Tourist Police Officers. Khun Jackrapong aged 23 sells food on the street and was confronted by Khun Atsadawut aged 25, a show boxer who works in the area. He asked the vendor to sell him some drugs which left the vendor puzzled as he claims to have never sold drugs in his life.
When the vendor became angry at the boxer, Khun Atsadawut picked up two knives from the food stall and attacked the vendor who sustained the hand injury. Tourist Police were called to the scene and brought both parties under control.
Both men were handed over to Pattaya Police who continue to investigate the incident at this time but have discovered that the boxer has an extensive criminal history relating to drug offenses.
In a carbon-copy of the 2013 race, the Kenyan’s demonstrated their continuing dominance in the Pattaya Marathon taking the top 6 places in the 2014 Pattaya Marathon which took place on Sunday Morning.
The main race began at 4.30am and runners were sent on their way by Khun Sontaya, President of the Chonburi Sports Association, Khun Komsan, the Governor of Chonburi Province and Khun Itipon, the Mayor of Pattaya.
Over 10,000 runners took part in the Marathon, Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon and Wheelchair Marathon.
The main Marathon results were as follows: The Men’s race was won by Mr. Alex Melly from Kenya in a time of 2hrs 25mins 32secs and the Women’s race was won by Miss Viola Kimeli from Kenya in a time of 3hrs 15secs.
In the early hours of Saturday an, as yet, unidentified male, was burnt alive in his car after it rear-ended a slow moving truck on Highway 36 close to the Bira International Racing Circuit.
Police and rescue services were called to the location just before 4am to deal with the crash. Fire Fighters were also called to extinguish a fire which had engulfed a White Toyota Yaris. The car had struck the rear of the truck, driven by Khun Panom aged 55.
Inside the Yaris was the charred remains of the driver who could not be rescued due an explosion caused by an LPG tank in the car which ignited during the collision. The deceased man has yet to be identified but is described as tall and possibly of foreign nationality.
The truck driver, who was transporting steel from Bang Yai in Nonthaburi to Rayong Province, claimed he was driving normally when he felt a jolt. He came to a stop and saw the car and its driver engulfed in flames. He did mention attempting to rescue the driver but the flames were too intense according to his statement.
The truck driver was arrested by Police pending further enquiries.
A new initiative spearheaded by Region 2 Police to combat the use and sale of drugs in villages around the region, was launched in a small village in the Northern outskirts of Pattaya on Sunday afternoon.
Police Major General Sanit, the Region 2 Police Commissioner, visited the Neun Gabok Village in Takiendier sub-district to launch the “White House Project” which aims to reward homes that are declared drug-free every 15 days with a sticker placed on the front of the house.
Random drug tests and searches will take place at the village and other locations in the future and it is hoped that by placing the stickers at the front of the houses, the occupants will be proud of their achievement and will inspire them to work with the local community to identify drug users or dealers in the vicinity and work with the Police to take these individuals off the streets so they can either receive help for their addiction or be punished for more serious drug offenses.
Police were called to Banglamung Hospital on Sunday afternoon after a Hospital Porter was alerted to a theft of money from a donation box located next to a ground floor elevator.
Khun Ronagon aged 33, a porter at the Hospital, was initial alerted to a problem by a Nurse who was leaving at the end of her shift. He went to inspect the box and saw it had been cleaned-out of all money, the exact amount stolen is unknown.
Police noticed a security camera was pointing directly at the box and made their way to the 3rd floor where the cameras are controlled from. Police were disappointed to discover that the camera was not in operation and therefore did not capture the alleged theft of money take place.
The box is placed at the location 8am every day and is locked away by 6pm daily and is raising money for new Hospital equipment.
The Police investigation continues.
On Friday Night a press conference was held at Pattaya Police Station to announce the arrest of 5 people who are suspected of running a drug distribution business from a house in South Pattaya.
Police Colonel Supatee, the acting Superintendent of Pattaya Police Station received information of the drugs house, located in the Egmongkol Village 2 Housing Estate in South Pattaya and assembled a team of Police Officers and heavily-armed Navy Officers who conducted a raid on the house.
Khun Sagon aged 39, Khun Galayagon aged 42, Khun Bemigar aged 25, Khun Panasanan aged 27 and a 17 year old male were arrested and a total of 1.6kg of the class 5 drug Marijuana and 35g of the class 1 drug Crystal Methamphetamine were seized along with a Pen Gun and a bag of tablets which have yet to be tested to confirm if they are illegal drugs or not.
All 5 suspects were charged with serious drug offenses and await Trial.
A fatal road accident occurred on the Sukhumvit Road in North Pattaya on Friday which saw a woman, thought to be in her seventies, lose her life.
Police and medics rushed to the scene and attended to Khun Orapin, who was declared dead-at-the-scene. Her body was thrown under a stationary Suzuki Van which was waiting to u-turn onto the Bangkok-bound carriageway on the Sukhumvit Road.
Khun Orapin’s motorbike was in two halves which demonstrated to Police the force of the impact. It is thought that a Minivan was driving at-speed towards Pattaya when it struck the victim’s bike as she attempted to cross over all four lanes of the Bangkok-bound carriageway. The Minivan was found unattended 500 meters down the road. Its driver had fled and he had also taking all documents relating to the vehicle.
A Mazda 2 car driven by Khun Yutapong aged 31 was also involved in the crash. The victim and her bike are thought to have struck the vehicle following the initial impact with the minivan.
Police are now searching for the minivan driver who fled the scene.
On Friday a meeting was held at Pattaya City Hall chaired by the Chief of Banglamung District, to discuss a recent check of Motorbike Taxi Drivers situated along Pattaya Second Road which uncovered many problems.
Khun Sakchai, the District Chief, was joined at the meeting by Army Officials, Pattaya City Hall Officials and Pattaya Police Officers. They were told that there were approximately 55 Motorbike Taxi Drivers working in the area and three major problems were identified.
The first problem related to unlicensed drivers driving motorbikes which featured yellow Taxi license plates which were registered to other people which automatically invalidates all vehicle insurances applying to the Motorbike Taxi.
The inspection team noticed that too many of the taxi ranks in the area were too close to each other and an amalgamation of ranks was needed. In addition, many drivers were found to be aged under 20 which is not permitted under regulations pertaining to Motorbike Taxi Drivers.
The meeting was told that all issues must be dealt with within a period of 30 days.
Early on Thursday Morning a team of officers from the Banglamung District Narcotics Unit, conducted an undercover operation in Central Pattaya which led to the arrest of a 34 year old man, suspected of selling class 1 drugs.
The operation took place in Soi Maevilai Market in Central Pattaya just after daybreak on Thursday. An undercover officer lured the target, Khun Somjet, to a rented room at the location where 15g of the class 1 drug Crystal Methamphetamine were due to be exchanged for 33,000 Baht in cash.
The bank notes were marked and as soon as the transaction was complete, officers moved in and arrested the suspect who was in possession of the marked bank notes. The suspect’s Grey Toyota Vios, which was parked nearby was searched and a two-way radio, knife and plank of wood were seized.
Khun Somjet claimed he purchased the drugs from an agent based in the Lat Krabang area in Bangkok and was selling drugs to assist him in clearing the monthly finance payments for his car.
Khun Somjet was later transferred to Pattaya Police Station for further legal processing.
Police are currently searching for 4 Cambodian Laborers who are wanted in connection with a suspected case of murder at an East Pattaya house which is thought to have occurred in the early hours of Thursday.
Police were called to the house in Soi Nongmaikaen 17 in East Pattaya just before 10am by a fellow worker, Khun Ali aged 42, who arrived for work at the house, which is currently under construction, to find the body of Khun Paisitong aged 32, slumped over a table.
Upon close inspection a severe trauma to the head was evident, which is thought to have been caused by a heavy object. Nearby empty bottles of Whisky and other drinks suggested to Police that a gathering had taken place hours before the death where large amounts of alcoholic beverages were consumed.
Khun Ali confirmed the victim and the Cambodian’s were drinking together into the early hours of Thursday and had an ongoing dispute over wages which appeared not to have been resolved when Khun Ali left for the night.
Police are now searching for the 3 male and 1 female Cambodian who are suspected of being involved in the death.
There is some confusion relating to the arrest of a 42 year old Thai Woman on Wednesday by Pattaya’s Tourist Police, relating to the alleged murder of a US Tourist on Pattaya Beach Road which took place on 11th February 2006.
Reports by local media outlets in 2006 suggested the suspect, Khun Krittsana, was arrested 3 days after the alleged knife attack on Mr. Tony Lindsey from Hawaii, on Pattaya Beach Road in front of Soi 7.
It is thought, at the time, she was working as a prostitute and entered into an argument with Mr. Lindsey over payment for sexual services. The argument escalated when her Husband, Khun Supot aged 35, was called and began to fight the Tourist. Khun Krittsana is alleged to have stabbed Mr. Lindsey and he later succumbed to his injuries in Hospital.
Reports at the time suggest she was arrested by Police Captain Sompob from Pattaya Police, but on 17th February 2006 arrest warrant number 168/2549 was issued for her.
Latest reports suggest she was unaware of the subsequent death of Mr. Lindsey and continued to work in Pattaya until now, unaware she was wanted for murder and was not arrested in 2006.
Khun Krittsana will now go to Court and face murder charges. She split from her husband in 2006 and his whereabouts is currently unknown.
Early on Wednesday Morning a team of officers from Police and Government Departments conducted a raid on two luxury houses close to the Phoenix Golf Club in the Southern outskirts of Pattaya and arrested a 53 year old Dutchman and his Thai Wife.
The raid took place in conjunction with the Dutch Embassy in Bangkok and featured officers from the Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO), The Department of Special Investigations (DSI), The Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB), the Office of the Attorney General and Huay Yai Police.
Inside the house was Mr. Johannes Petrus Maria Van Laarhoven aged 53 from The Netherlands and his wife, Khun Mingkwam aged 35. Mr. Laarhoven is wanted by Dutch Authorities in relation to a charge of cultivating and selling Marijuana without a permit back in The Netherlands dating back to 2008.
At this point he came to Thailand where he is accused of Money Laundering offences under the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 1999. It is suspected he opened a company and allegedly laundering 5-600 Million Baht per year.
During the raid on Wednesday, Land Title Deeds, Vehicles, Jewelry and cash with a total estimated value of 50 Million Baht were seized, along with the two houses situated on his plot of land inside the Golf Course.
Following legal procedures in Thailand he will be handed to the Dutch Authorities for extradition back to The Netherlands.
In the early hours of Thursday a team of officials from the Thai Navy, Police and District Office, inspected the businesses and security situation on Walking Street in South Pattaya.
The visit was prompted by a number of video clips posted on social media platforms over recent months which seem to depict various incidents which have occurred on Walking Street, including acts of violence.
Taking the long walk from one end of Walking Street to the other was the Deputy Mayor of Pattaya, Khun Ronagit, Senior Officers from the Thai Navy based in Sattahip, Banglamung District Licensing Officials, Tourist Police and Pattaya Police Officers.
Along the way a selection of tourists and business owners were approached and asked to give their views on Walking Street and how safe they felt there. The majority of the feedback was positive and the officials concluded from their brief visit that all is well on arguably the most famous street in Thailand.
Following on from a recent necklace snatch involving a French Tourist in Jomtien, Pattaya Police arrested 14 people on Larn Island, off the coast of Pattaya, on Tuesday afternoon.
Police Colonel Supatee, the Acting Superintendent of Pattaya Police Station, announced the arrest of a 3-man gang and another man who was accused of receiving stolen goods.
Mr. Lim Sylvian aged 36 from France lost 80,000 Baht’s worth of gold as he rode on a Baht Bus in Soi Chayapreuk in Jomtien on 20th July. Since then Pattaya Police have been investigating the case which led them to Larn Island, where the gang of suspected thieves are thought to reside.
Khun Supagiet aged 20, Khun Surachai aged 23 and Khun Somsak aged 32 were arrested and accused of theft while a fourth man, Khun Suwat aged 33 was arrested after he was found in possession of the stolen items which he had purchased from the gang. In addition, 2 Buddhist Amulets, 2 Gold Rings, 57,000 Baht and a Glock 17 firearm with 36 bullets were seized.
While Police were on Larn Island, they conducted random drug tests and arrested 10 people and Police were also able to seize additional weapons.
All those arrested will be prosecuted in due course.
Following orders from the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), Banglamung District Officials, the Navy and Police, continue to shutdown illegal money lending businesses operating in the Pattaya area.
On Tuesday Night a group of officers raided a luxury house in the Naklua area and arrested Khun Prasert aged 33, who was accused of running an illegal money lending business. Inside the house a book containing details of over 1,000 customers was found and 4 motorbikes, 2 cars, 5 computers and 4 mobile phones were seized.
There were 4 other men inside the house at the time of the raid and they were suspected of working as debt collectors for Khun Prasert and were also detained.
Once again links to Chanthaburi Province were revealed as the main organizer of the business is thought to reside there.
The investigation continues as officials look to arrest the organizer as soon as possible.
In the early hours of Tuesday a 19 year old former Pub Security Guard was stopped in his pick-up after he was found in Jomtien playing loud music which was causing a disturbance to others.
Police detained Khun Tana and conducted a search of his Isuzu Pick-up and found 23 rounds of ammunition for an M16 Assault Rifle, A bullet proof jacket, Handcuffs, a Gun holster and a Police ID pouch.
Khun Tana claimed that he used the items when he worked as a Guard but no longer used them and had forgotten to take the items out of his truck.
He was taken to Pattaya Police Station for further legal processing.
On Tuesday, Huay Yai Police arrested a 35 year old man accused of stealing a 40ft container and the truck it was being transported on.
The alleged theft took place at a farm owned by Khun Payunsuk aged 61 who provided Police with Security Camera Footage which appeared to show that two former employees appeared to take the container, which had been previously modified to be used as a temporary home.
Police were able to arrest Khun Par but the second man, Khun Par’s Brother, was able to escape and currently remains at-large. An added complication relates to the sale of the container which was brokered by Khun Par, but the proceeds of the sale remain with the other Brother who currently is on the run.