Pattaya Bar Girl caught with class 1 drugs

A Pattaya Bar Girl, was caught with a significant quantity of class 1 drugs on Thursday and claimed she had just started to sell drugs to supplement her income as a Bar Girl which has been effected by a quiet low season in Pattaya.

An undercover operation was organized by Pattaya Police who were aware of the target, Khun Suparat aged 28, and suspected her of selling Crystal Methamphetamine to other Bar Girls.

The suspect was arrested after she sold 1 gram of the drug to an undercover officer for 3,000 Baht, in front of her rented apartment close to the Grand Hall Market in Soi Buakhao. On her person were 3 other packets of the drug with a combined weight of 9.7g. She attempted to hide the drugs in a container of fish paste she was carrying.

The suspected dealer revealed how she worked at a Bar in Soi Buakhao which had suffered from poor customer numbers over the low season, resulting in a lower than expected income for Khun Suparat. She decided to try selling drugs to supplement her small salary from the bar.

Police charged Khun Suparat with the serious charge of possession and supply of class 1 drug, which could result in a lengthy prison sentence if she is convicted of the crime in Court.

7-11 Armed Robbery suspects in custody

Earlier in October two armed robberies took place at 7-Eleven Convenience Stores in the Jomtien area and on Thursday it was announced by Police that two men, thought to have committed both robberies had been arrested.

A press conference is due at Chonburi Police Headquarters on Friday but Police sources revealed on Thursday, a 21 year old man, Khun Pasook and a 16 year old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been arrested in front of a Whisky Shop in Jomtien, following a tip-off from a member of the public, who received a 20,000 Baht reward, which had earlier been announced as a reward for anyone who could provide information which would lead to the arrest of the two suspects.

Police questioning revealed that the two were planning to burglarize a house owned by a foreign man who was out of the Country. The two suspects knew that his Thai Wife was living alone in the house and was considered an easy target by the pair.

This Burglary never took place and both suspects are currently being held at an undisclosed location until the press conference takes place on Friday. They have been charged and are expected to appear in Court after the weekend.

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Boy drowns in East Pattaya Reservoir

On Thursday afternoon a 17 year old boy drowned in a reservoir located in the Huay Yai area.

Police and medics were called to the Chark Nok Reservoir just before 5.30pm but it was too late to save the boy known only as “Noo”.

Initially the boy was dragged from the water by Khun Nontagan aged 19 who had gone to the area with friends when he was stopped by a friend of the victim who asked for assistance in finding the boy who had been submerged in the water for more than 30 minutes.

Friends of the victim revealed how he had gone to the reservoir as part of a group of 6 friends. However, the victim was the only one who went for a swim. As he reached the center of the reservoir, he was seen to go under the water and was not seen alive again.

Police are waiting for the results of a post mortem examination but suspect the boy suffered from cramp and could not swim any further.

Pattaya Police continue investigation into Island Restaurant owner murder

On Wednesday Morning at Pattaya Police Station the Province’s top Police Officer led a meeting to discuss progress in the murder investigation relating to the owner of a Restaurant on Larn Island, who was gunned-down in South Pattaya.

Police Major General Nittipong, the Provincial Police Commander, led a meeting of senior Police Officers from around the Province who are working together to solve the case which resulted in the death of Khun Chalor aged 51 on Monday evening, in front of his wife.

Following the private meeting, the General revealed that they believe a professional Hit-man was employed to kill the victim and the murder may relate to an ongoing dispute involving the victim and another man which is being fought out in the Courts, over a disputed piece of land on Larn Island.

Police were unwilling to reveal any further details at this time as they continue to hunt for the shooter and confirm the motive behind the murder.

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Pattaya Baht Bus Drivers caught-up in Chinese get-rich-quick scam

A group of 10 Baht Bus Drivers, who operate in the Huay Yai area, appear to have been caught-up in a Chinese get-rich-quick-scam, which has been operating around South-East Asia for some time and now appears to have arrived in Pattaya.

We met the drivers on Wednesday who were all displaying banners on the side of their vehicles in Chinese Language. The banners also feature the face of Mr. Zhang Jian, who is a 24 year old Chinese Businessmen, who has been recently operating in Malaysia where he is currently under investigation by authorities there.

The Baht Bus Drivers were told to hand over 5,000 Baht each to an agent and after one month they could receive 1,000 Baht per month for 8 months, netting them a profit of 3,000 Baht. In return they would display the banners on the side of their Baht Buses. Other drivers were known to have invested nothing but were promised 300 Baht per month after 1 month. In both case the payments have not been forthcoming.

The group were also told they would be entered into a Prize Draw for the chance to win 800,000 Baht or a BMW car.

The group has now contacted the Police who are investigating.

2 seriously injured as car is struck by train at Level Crossing in East Pattaya

On Tuesday afternoon, two people were seriously injured at a Level Crossing in East Pattaya after their car was struck by a train .

The incident occurred at the Soi Tanman crossing which has no barriers and no warning lights to warn drivers of any approaching trains.

Khun Sarawoot aged 20 was driving with his Mother, Khun Yom aged 50, sitting in the front passenger seat. Their car, a Silver Toyota Vios, drove up towards the crossing and was struck by a train travelling from Bangkok. The car ended up in a ditch at the side of the train tracks and the train failed to stop and continued its journey.

Local residents mentioned how dangerous the crossing was and how similar incidents have occurred on a regular basis over the years.

Police are investigating and are looking to speak with the train driver as soon as possible as the injured pair continues to be assessed in Hospital.

15 years olds arrested & Marijuana seized following Central Pattaya Bag Snatch

On Tuesday Morning a 41 year old Russian Woman was caught-up in a bag snatch as she left her Central Pattaya apartment.

The incident occurred in Soi 2 off the Central Pattaya Road close to a Bangkok Bank branch. The victim was leaving her apartment and was on her way to Pattaya Beach to meet friends when a Thai man came up beside her on a motorbike and took her handbag which contained 3,000 Baht in cash and personal items.

The woman went straight to Pattaya Police Station to report the crime. She was able to remember the license plate number and make of the motorbike the assailant was using and it was located by officers in Soi Potisan in North Pattaya.
The bike was parked outside of a small house and inside was 4 youths aged 15 and 16. A quantity of Marijuana was seized and a number of women’s bags were found, including the bag belonging to the Russian woman.

The suspects were taken to Pattaya Police Station where it became apparent they were part of an organized gang who would target foreigners carrying bags. Police suspect they had been conducting bag snatches for some time.

Police are continuing their investigations into the incident as they attempt to reunite all the stolen bags with their rightful owners, as the suspects remain in Police Custody.

Island Restaurant Owner gunned down in South Pattaya

Police were called to South Pattaya on Monday evening to deal with the murder of a Restaurant Owner from Larn Island,

Khun Chalor aged 51, the owner of the Chalor Seafood Restaurant on Samae Beach, sustained a gunshot wound to the head which resulted in his death as his wife looked on in horror.

The incident occurred as the pair parked their pick-up truck close to the Bali Hai Pier after spending the day in Pattaya. As the pair exited the vehicle a Thai man, described as “overweight”, pulled up beside the pair and produced a gun. Two shots were fired with the first shot hitting the victim in the side of his head.

CCTV images are being analyzed by Police who can only speculate as to why the shooting took place. Family members confirmed that he had no known disagreements with anyone but Police suspect the shooting relates to his business as the investigation into the murder continues.

Police lose two prisoners being transported to Pattaya Court

An investigation is currently underway into how Banglamung Police managed to lose two prisoners who were being transported to the Pattaya Court on Monday afternoon.

Khun Jackgrit aged 21 and Khun Nuchar aged 25 had been earlier arrested for stealing, and were being transported to the Pattaya Court for an initial hearing into the case.

For some reason the pair were transported on the back of a regular Police truck instead of a secure prison vehicle. As the truck reached the Sukhumvit Road in North Pattaya, close to Soi Sawang Far, the two men jumped off the truck and appeared to have slipped out of handcuffs.

The pair were seen to run into a nearby woodland area and despite over 20 officers being called in to search for the men, they could not be found.

A possible sighting of the men was made close by but it was found to be a false alarm.

Senior Police are not happy and have given the Police Station 3 months to recapture the suspects or the officers involved in the transportation of the prisoners will be disciplined.

Israeli Drugged and Robbed by 2 Ladyboys in South Pattaya

On Saturday afternoon a drowsy Israeli was assisted by a Thai woman at a Bar in Walking Street after she spotted the man and realized he needed assistance after he claimed to have been drugged and robbed by 2 Ladyboy’s.

Khun Amporn aged 39 and her foreign boyfriend were drinking at a Beer Bar on Walking Street close to Soi Diamond when she spotted Mr. David Yanis aged 24 stumbling along the street. Initially she assumed he was drunk but it soon became clear that he may have been drugged. She helped him into the bar and called the Police.

Mr. Yanis told officers that he had earlier met 2 Ladyboys and he thinks that medication to induce sleep may have been placed in his drink. He remembers little after meeting the two Ladyboy’s who are alleged to have stolen his Necklace and some money.

Police took Mr. Yanis to Hospital and later took him to Pattaya Police Station to file a Police Report. A search for the two suspects is now underway.

Honest Pattaya Baht Bus Driver returns “lost” money to Russian Tourists

On Saturday a Russian couple reported the loss of a bag containing 60,000 Baht which they left on a Baht Bus. At the same time the driver found the bag and informed Police who were able to re-unite the money with the Tourists.

Miss Ddria Labkovskaya aged 29 and her boyfriend took a Baht Bus from the North Pattaya Bus Terminal to Pattaya Beach Road, and were dropped in front of Central Festival Pattaya Beach. They soon realized the bag containing the money was still on the Baht Bus and hurried to Pattaya Police Station to report the incident.

At the same time, Traffic Police Officers were contacted by the Baht Bus Driver, Khun Surashort aged 46, who handed in the bag containing the money. Police arranged for the tourists and the driver to meet at which time the money was handed back to the delight of the pair.

Miss Labkovskaya told Police that it was her first time in Thailand and she praised the honesty of the driver and professionalism of the Police. A 6,000 Baht tip was given to the driver to thank him for retuning the money to the Russians who are continuing their Holiday in Pattaya until they return to Russia later this week.

Illegal East Pattaya Money Lending Gang arrested by Army and Police

In a joint operation involving the Army and Nongprue Police, three members of an illegal money lending gang were arrested and assets were seized from an East Pattaya house on Sunday Night.

Police obtained a search warrant and made their way to the house with the Army. It was known that firearms were kept at the location so extreme caution was taken.

Inside the house were three people suspected of running the operation. Police arrested Khun Pongsak aged 36, Khun Anurat aged 34 and Khun Juglaet aged 24 and seized 100,000 Baht in cash, 6 firearms including 3 rifles, 300 bullets, 1 Pick-up truck and 5 motorbikes. A book containing details of over 100 customers was also seized and taken into evidence.

During questioning the men claimed they had been running the operation for more than 1 year and charged customers 60% interest per month on money they borrowed from the gang.

The suspects were later charged and await Monday Morning Court appearances.

Two Go-Go Bars and IBar raided by Banglamung District Licensing Officers

In response to the alleged assault of a Kuwait National inside a Gogo Bar on Walking Street in the early hours of Wednesday, District Licensing Officers raided the venue and two others in the early hours of Thursday.

Major Badun Alubain aged 30, reported an alleged assault by Security Guards at the Spicy Girls Agogo which is situated in the centre of Walking Street. As a result, Police arrested the Guard who is alleged to have been responsible for the attack, Khun Danthai aged 29.
Concerned that the assault would tarnish the image of Pattaya, Khun Sakchai, the Chief of Banglamung District, decided to follow-up the case with a raid of the Bar in the early hours of Thursday. The venue was empty at the time of the raid and it is thought that the owners were given a tip-off of the raid.

Officers decided to check Champion Agogo, located underneath Spicy Girls Agogo, knowing it has the same owner. Khun Somshart aged 50, the Manager of both venues was detained after alcohol licensing irregularities were found.

Officers also visited the popular IBar located underneath Insomnia Nightclub following complaints regarding oversized advertising boards located on Walking Street. It is also thought that the venue is built over a public beach area and the venue was selling Shisha without any licenses to sell such a product.

All venues visited on Thursday were closed by the District Chief pending further legal proceedings which could see one or all of the venues face a temporary or permanent closure order in the future.

East Pattaya Cock Fight Gamblers caught by Police

On Thursday afternoon, Nongprue Police conducted a raid on a cock fighting venue which was found to be operating on an expired license and gambling was found to be taking place at the location.

Almost 20 officers took part in the operation which saw them conduct a raid on the location inside Soi Bonglan 2 close to the Maprachan Reservoir where a total of 22 people were arrested and 5 cockerels were seized.

A check on the venues Cock Fighting License found that it had expired in 2013. Khun Biew, the owner of the venue, who is also a Volunteer Security Officer for Banglamung District, was further charged with operating the unlicensed venue.

Cock fighting is legal in Thailand as long as the cockerels do not fight to the death. Licenses are issued by local authorities for such a venue and gambling at the venue, although tolerated, is illegal.

Indian Necklace Snatch by Ladyboy on Pattaya Beach

In the early hours of Wednesday a 40 year old Indian Tourist became the latest victim of a common crime on the streets of Pattaya, a necklace snatch.

The snatch took place in front of the Royal Garden Plaza and the suspect, a ladyboy named as Khun Atachai aged 21, was caught moments later by Pattaya Police.

Mr. Jaiswal Sudhir explained to Investigators at Pattaya Police Station that he was walking back to his Hotel with a friend when the suspect approached him and hugged him, during which time the theft of the necklace took place.

Not only was the suspect arrested, the necklace was recovered and later returned to its rightful owner.

Khun Atachai claimed this was his first attempt at a necklace snatch but Police suspect he is part of an organized group of Ladyboy’s who prey on Middle East and Asian tourists late at night on Pattaya Beach.

Suspected drug dealer caught by Pattaya Police

In the early hours of Wednesday, Pattaya Police arrested a 31 year old Thai man, accused of supplying class 1 drugs to users in the Pattaya area.

A tip-off was received by Police, concerning Khun Tana, who resides at a house in Soi 17 in South Pattaya. For some days he was followed by undercover Police and on Wednesday was confronted as he left his house.

A search uncovered a single bag of the class 1 drug Crystal Methamphetamine weighing 0.48g which led to a search of his house where a total of 7.47g of the drug was seized along with electronic weighing scales and two address books containing names and numbers of customers according to a later confession by the suspect.

He also revealed that he purchased the drugs in batches of 5-10g at a time from an agent based in the Soi Potisan area in North Pattaya and had been dealing drugs for some time.
For now he has been charged with possession with intent to sell a class 1 drug and awaits a Court appearance.

Unknown foreign man’s apparent suicide on Pattaya Beach

In the early hours of Tuesday, Police were called to Pattaya Beach following the discovery of a foreign man, who was initially found floating face-down in the water.

The body of the foreign man, thought to be aged between 50 and 60, was recovered from the water by Khun Apidaet aged 19, who had gone to the Beach to fish for squid.

Police arrived to the location, in front of Soi 8, and began their investigation. They were told that the heavily tattooed man, was seen drinking beer on the beach at approximately 1am and was then seen to cut his wrists before entering the water.

Officers confirmed he had sustained deep cuts to his wrists upon examination of the body. They also noticed the unknown foreign man had a shark tattoo on his left shoulder, a dragon tattoo on his right shoulder, tattoos of two birds on his chest and a lion tattoo on his back.

Police have recorded the death as a suicide pending the outcome of a post-mortem examination and are appealing for anyone who may know the man to come forward so his family can be informed.

Another Convenience Store Robbery in Jomtien

A second robbery of a 24 hour convenience store within the space of 3 days, has taken place in Jomtien with the theft of just 2,000 Baht cash, as Police suspect the people who conducted the robbery may be the same people involved in Friday’s robbery in the Na-Jomtien area.

In the early hours of Monday, two men entered a 7-Eleven Store located on Jomtien Second Road and confronted Khun Amonrat aged 29, one of the shop assistants on-duty at the time, and ordered her to hand over all cash.

A total of 2,000 Baht was taken by the two men, who were in the shop for approximately 3 minutes, before they left in the direction of Jomtien Beach.

Police were called and began by examining Security Camera footage, however the cameras were faulty and could not be examined until later on Monday after a technician was called in to recover the footage from the recording device inside the store.

Police are now investigating this second robbery of a 7-Eleven store, and believe they have spotted similarities between both cases. They are also confident that they know the two men involved and expect to arrest them shortly.

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Another Necklace Snatch in Pattaya

Police appear not to be able to suppress street crimes which are occurring daily in Pattaya, especially those involving the theft of bags and necklaces from residents and tourists visiting the City.

Khun Wiraya aged 30 became the latest victim of a necklace snatch which occurred at the Sukhumvit Road junction with Siam Country Club Road on Monday morning.

She had gone out to pay a Water Bill when a man, presumably a Thai national, drove up beside her stationary bike, at the traffic lights, and snatched a gold necklace she was wearing.

The victim, who works for a Tour Company in Central Pattaya, was powerless to prevent the theft of the necklace, worth an estimated 10,000 Baht.

Police will now add this street crime to the hundreds of similar crimes which currently remain unsolved.

Worst Flash Floods of the year hit Pattaya

On Sunday afternoon Pattaya was subjected to a period of sustained heavy rainfall which transformed many of the roads into rivers.

The problems began in mid-afternoon on Sunday when the rainfall began. It is estimated that in some areas the water level rose to between 40 and 60cm which caused traffic chaos around Pattaya City.

Some of the worst hit areas were South Pattaya Road, Central Pattaya Road and Soi Buakhao along with parts of the Sukhumvit Road. The emergency services were overwhelmed as flash floods occurred in areas which are traditional hot spots for trouble during heavy and sustained rainstorms.

It took 2 hours before a degree of normality returned to the streets of Pattaya. The weather forecast from the Thai Meteorological Department for the next seven days suggests there are more rain and thunderstorms to come.