Late on Monday Night, the Provincial Transnational Crime Suppression Unit based at Pattaya Police Station were called to a South Pattaya Shopping Mall to arrest two Chinese Nationals who attempted to use a fake credit card to purchase two mobile phones. A third man was later arrested at a North Pattaya Hotel in connection with the case.
Police Colonel Supachai, the Pattaya Police Chief, led a press conference to announce the arrest of Mr. Shi Zhi Yong aged 46, Mr. Xuan Tao aged 37 and Mr. Shi Yanhua aged 25.
Six fake credit cards, a swiping machine which is used to upload credit card information onto the blank cards and three mobile phones were seized by Police during the operation to arrest the men at Mike Shopping Mall and at the Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya.
The men were charged with credit card fraud offenses and currently await Court appearances.
Pattaya Police are currently investigating reports that two tickets purchased for the missing Malaysian Airline Flight MH 370 were obtained through a Travel Agency in Pattaya.
On Monday afternoon, Police Colonel Supachai, the Pattaya Police Chief, visited two Agencies based in South and Central Pattaya which are believed to be involved in the purchase of two tickets using stolen passports.
An Italian Passport under the name of Mr. Luigi Maraldi and an Austrian Passport under the name of Mr. Christian Kozel were used to purchase two tickets online through the Grand Horizon Travel Agency based in the Pratamnuk area in South Pattaya. They used another Agency, Six Stars Travel situated on the ground floor of Central Festival Pattaya Beach to complete the sale of the tickets on 6th March for travel on 8th March on flight number MH 370 which is currently missing and was last seen on radar close to the Southern tip of Vietnam.
Pattaya Police removed documentation from both Agencies on Monday but refused to give details to the media of exactly what they seized. Reports suggest that both men who boarded the flight using the stolen passports appeared to originate from Asia. Mr. Maralidi is safe and well in Phuket and Mr. Kozel has also been accounted for.
At time of publication of this story, the aircraft is still missing and rumors of what caused the aircraft to disappear continue to circulate. With this seizure of documents from two Pattaya Travel Agencies, speculation of what caused flight MH 370 to disappear is set to intensify.
Late on Sunday Night, and less than one hour after the Big C Extra Supermarket had closed, a Security Guard caught a man allegedly stealing a bag of chicken from the Frozen Food Section.
The Security Guard detained Khun Uthai aged 38 who was caught in possession of a 2kg bag of CP Brand Chicken, an accomplice was also caught waiting for the main suspect in the car park.
The two men and the bag of chicken were taken to Pattaya Police Station where the pair revealed that they intended to cook the chicken and mix it with a couple of bottles of Thai Whisky.
Their plans were thwarted by the eagle-eyed Security Guard and Police charged Khun Uthai with shoplifting while his accomplice was set free.
Over the weekend two Cambodians, who were found to have entered Thailand illegally, were caught selling fake branded sunglasses on Pattaya Beach.
A Police patrol spotted the pair who were quickly apprehended and taken to Pattaya Police Station.
Mr. Chin aged 28 and Mr. Sarae aged 48 were asked to produce passports and work permits and were unable to do so.
The sunglasses featuring brand names such as Rayban, Gucci and Georgio Armani were confiscated and the two men, who were caught at the front of Soi 10 on Pattaya Beach Road, were transferred to the Immigration Office in Jomtien where deportation procedures were initiated.
A 26 year old Thai Man, who purchased what he thought was a real second-hand Rolex Watch, later found the watch to be fake, despite handing over 110,000 Baht for the watch to its previous owner, a Swedish National.
Khun Samit went to Pattaya Police Station on Friday evening and spoke with Police Colonel Supachai, the Station Chief, who was told that the apparent victim saw the watch advertised on a Thai Website. If the watch had been genuine the retail price for the item is currently 240,000 Baht so the sale at less than half-price seemed a real bargain.
Khun Samit agreed to meet Mr. Carl Anders Mikael Andersson aged 54 from Sweden, at the Big C Extra Store in Central Pattaya where the money was handed over in exchange for the wrist watch. Mr. Andersson allowed Khun Samit to take a picture of his passport in case a problem with the sale occurred.
Khun Samit claimed Mr. Andersson appeared eager to leave quickly which made Khun Samit suspicious. He went straight to a shop to get the watch valued and it was confirmed the item was a fake. Mr. Andersson had long disappeared so the victim decided to report the incident to Police.
Immigration Police have been informed and will attempt to block the suspects exit from Thailand should he decided to escape the country to avoid arrest. The hunt for the suspect continues.
On Friday Afternoon Pattaya Police made their way to Larn Island, off the coast of Pattaya, to investigate reports of a drunken Thai Man who was wielding a loaded M16 Assault Rifle.
Khun Sanae aged 56 was located and arrested and the weapon was seized. Both were taken to Pattaya Police Station where it was determined that the suspect did hold a gun license but not a license for the Assault Rifle.
Khun Sanae claimed he had no intention of using the weapon and had possessed weapons for over 20 years and had never shot anyone or anything.
Residents of the Island claimed he would often walk around with guns, especially when he was drunk.
Police are now considering how to proceed with the case.
On Friday Banglamung Police announced the arrest of 6 gang members accused of supplying class 1 and class 5 drugs to customers in the Pattaya area, the leader of the gang is believed to be a 75 year old woman.
Police Colonel Tamanoon, the Banglamung Police Chief, led a press conference to announce the arrests and the seizure of a large quantity of the class 1 drug Crystal Methamphetamine and class 5 drug Marijuana.
The individuals were arrested as part of a long-running investigation into the gang and the last to be placed into Police Custody was the gang leader, Khun Noi aged 75.
All those detained were charged with a variety of class 1 and class 5 drug offences with the more serious charges reserved for the grandmother and leader of the gang.
One of the most dangerous sections of highway, ironically situated directly outside of the Highway Police Station on the Sukhumvit Road in South Pattaya, has claimed another victim. Luckily relatively minor injuries were sustained.
Police and rescue workers were called to the location at 10am on Friday where Khun Sompong aged 31, had come off his motorbike after he claimed he was forced to take evasive action to avoid a fast approaching car and clipped an uneven lump of tarmac on the 500 meter stretch of road which, for many years, has remained in a dangerous condition despite pleas to the Pattaya Mayor to spend some money and sort out the problem.
Khun Sompong was on his way to work when the accident occurred and was able to receive treatment at the roadside before continuing his journey to work.
A report of the incident has been sent to the Mayor’s Office.
An 18 year old student was arrested and a 15 year old accomplice was able to escape following a bag snatch from a Russian Tourist in the Naklua area on Thursday morning.
Police were alerted to the incident which occurred in Soi 14/1 off the Naklua Road just after 10am by passers-by who were able to assist Mr. Aleksandr Leontev and Mrs. Chaizada Leonteva in detaining the 18 year old student who was riding as passenger on a motorbike driven by his 15 year old friend who was able to escape.
The suspect was accused of stealing a shoulder bag belonging to the Russian female, which contained 2,000 Euros, a Mobile Phone and an assortment of personal documents. The couple were walking from their Hotel to the main road where they intended to get a taxi to Jomtien Beach, when the bag snatch occurred.
At Banglamung Police Station the suspect claimed he had conducted a total of 3 bag snatches in the last week and intended to raise money so he and his friends could enjoy the mid-term school holiday break.
The suspect was charged with aggravated robbery and was locked-up pending Court proceedings.
On Thursday Morning Police and rescue workers were called to a hi-rise condominium on Jomtien Beach to investigate the discovery of a Russian who had died some days before in a 15th floor apartment.
Officials made their way to Room Number 1512 at the Lumpini Condominium, known to be occupied by Mr. Aleksandr Chukalskii aged 48. He was lying on the bed and it was estimated he had been dead for between 2 and 3 days.
No signs of foul play could be found in the room and a Medical Certificate issued by the Pattaya Memorial Hospital was found from February 2014 which stated he was treated for pain in his right knee.
Mr. Chukalskii had been staying in the apartment for 2 months and was thought to be conducting Business whilst in Pattaya.
He had not been seen for 3 days and after repeated calls to the apartment went unanswered security guards were told to investigate and after entering the apartment found the body of the Russian.
A post mortem examination is underway and the Russian Embassy in Bangkok have been informed.
On Wednesday afternoon and following a Police report of a burglary at a house in Jomtien occupied by a South African, Police arrested a 23 year old suspect.
Just before 3am on Wednesday a burglary took place at the house of Mr. Patrick McBride aged 52 who lives at the Palm Oasis Jomtien Village. His White Toyota Vios was also stolen by the suspect who was able to escape with an IPad, Branded sunglasses, US and Thai Currency, with a combined value of around 100,000 Baht.
The stolen vehicle was spotted in the South Pattaya area later on Wednesday and intercepted by Police who arrested Khun Supagit aged 23 who later confessed to stealing the items from the house, including the vehicle.
Khun Supagit was charged with multiple counts of theft and awaits trial.
Following complaints from members of the public, three Cambodian Buddhist Monks were detained early on Wednesday Morning and later found to be on visa overstay.
The Monks were spotted in Soi Kaotalo in East Pattaya and were allegedly asking for food and money which is not permitted.
Police found the three monks and inspected their passports which all indicated that their entry visas had expired and they were no longer permitted to reside in Thailand.
They were initially sent to the Suttawat Temple and “disrobed” by the Chief Abbot, due to their behavior unbecoming of a Buddhist Monk.
The three men were then taken to Immigration in Jomtien where the deportation process back to Cambodia, began.
Pattaya Police received complaints on Tuesday of a man, who was impersonating an Immigration Police Officer and was extorting cash from illegal immigrants on Larn Island.
The Pattaya Police Chief, Police Colonel Supachai, dispatched a team of real officers to the Island who located the fake officer, Khun Padungiet aged 30. In his house a selection of Police Uniforms were found, along with two firearms, which are believed to have been stolen from a firing range on the Island.
Other items such as handcuffs, two-way radios and even a Police Vehicle License Plate were recovered and taken into evidence.
The suspect was taken back to Pattaya and formally charged with possession of a firearm, impersonating a Royal Thai Police Officer and extortion.
In the early hours of Wednesday a newborn child was found, apparently abandoned by its mother, in a constructors campsite toilet.
The male child, weighing approximately 2kgs was rushed to Hospital where doctors determined that apart from a few cuts and bruises he was in good health.
The baby was found by a cleaner at the campsite operated by the Powerlite Company in Pratamnuk Soi 3 in South Pattaya. She called her son to investigate and he found the child placed at the rear of the toilet block.
It is thought a female residing at the campsite gave birth to the child but she has yet to come forward.
The Police investigation continues.
On Monday a single Traffic Police Officer was sent down to the Bali Hai Port, otherwise known as the Pattaya Port, situated at the Southern end of Pattaya Beach, to deal with complaints received by the local authorities regarding parking issues in the Port area.
Despite there being 15 no-parking signs around the Port area, there appears to be a complete disregard of these signs by motorists and the Police also found two men collecting parking fees when they had no authority to do so.
At peak times the port area descends into chaos and traffic congestion is commonplace, caused by vehicles parking in areas where red and white stripes are painted on the side of the road which signifies no parking at all times.
The Traffic Police Officer began his blitz by clamping a red-plated Yellow Mitsubishi car which was being driven by a foreigner, according to municipal officers. They apparently warned the man not to park in front of the port entrance but he appeared to ignore the warnings and left his car parked in an area where vehicles are not permitted to stop for any reason.
A further 5 vehicles which were parked illegally were issued with parking tickets. The Traffic Police Officer promised to report his findings to his superiors and he warned motorists that he will be back.
A Russian Tour Bus driver claims a foreign man threw himself under his coach in the early hours of Sunday as he returned a group of Russian Tourists to their hotel following a trip to Koh Chang.
The incident occurred on Jomtien Second Road, in front of View Talay Residence and resulted in the death of Mr. Timo Kalevi Kantsila aged 59 from Finland.
He suffered catastrophic life-ending injuries after he was run over by the coach which was unable to stop in-time. The driver, Khun Natawoot aged 42 claimed he was driving normally and spotted the victim standing on the central reservation. When the coach approached him he allegedly threw himself in the path of the coach.
The coach, operated by the Anex Tour Company was full of Russian Tourists at the time who were later transferred to a replacement coach and taken back to their Hotel.
Although the driver claimed it was impossible to predict what the victim was going to do or to prevent hitting him, Police arrested him and charged him with reckless driving causing death pending the results of a thorough investigation into the incident.
One of two suspects wanted in connection with a bag snatch from a foreign tourist early on Saturday Morning was arrested by Police who witnessed the snatch take place.
Officers were in Soi Watganjanaram when they saw the snatch take place in front of the Angkate Condominium. Officers gave chase and were able to apprehend a 16 year old boy, known to be a student at Pattaya School Number 9. The other suspect, also aged 16 and a fellow student, was able to escape with the bag which contained 2,300 Baht, a digital camera and mobile phone.
The arrested student told Police during questioning that the pair had committed many street robberies in the past and would use the proceeds to pay for football academy fees which their parents could not afford.
Police are still searching for the second suspect but have his name and address and expect to arrest him soon. For now the first suspect has been charged with aggravated theft and awaits a Court appearance.
On Saturday Night a group of 7 Taiwanese Students, currently on Holiday in Pattaya, reported an alleged pickpocketing at a 4D Cinema in South Pattaya.
The complainants are part of a group of 24 students who are under the care of their Thai Tour Guide, Khun Preechar, who escorted the victims to Pattaya Police Station to report the alleged crime.
He escorted the group to the 3rd floor of the Royal Garden Plaza where the 4D Cinema is situated. The entire group visited the cinema and then went on to a Haunted House on the same floor of the Plaza.
When the group returned to their coach, one of the group noticed that money had been taken from a rucksack he was carrying. The guide asked all 24 students to check their bags and 7 of them in total had lost money.
The guide checked with the Manager of the cinema who claimed there was no CCTV in operation and all he could do was to take his staff to a Temple and swear they did not steal the money, in the presence of a Buddhist Monk. This angered the students who then decided to make a formal complaint with Police. The guide also spoke with a colleague who had experienced a similar problem with another tour group at the same cinema.
Approximately 10,000 Baht in cash had been taken from the Students who are now hoping that Pattaya Police can catch those responsible.
A 70 year old Shop Keeper in South Pattaya saved his Daughter-in-Law from a sexual assault in the early hours of Friday.
Just after 2am in Soi Wat Tumsumakee Temple 8, Khun Suntorn aged 70 runs a Convenience Store and was just about to close the shop. His family had already gone to sleep.
Khun Suntorn heard something fall onto the floor in the back of the store and went to investigate and heard the sound of a cat, a sound which he later suspects was made by the suspect who is thought to have entered the room of Khun Suntorns Daughter-in-Law after the owner went back into the store.
Khun Suntorn heard a commotion in her room and went to investigate and saw the Cambodian suspect lying on top of her with a knife pressed to her neck. Khun Suntorn picked-up a piece of wood and struck the suspect repeatedly over the head until he fell unconscious and then called the Police.
It was later confirmed that the suspect was a Cambodian, thought to be aged between 18 and 20 and residing in a nearby Highway Workers campsite.
Police are waiting to speak with the suspect who is still unfit to be questioned as the Daughter-in-Law recovers from minor injuries sustained during the alleged attempted sexual assault.
Following the arrest of two men at a Central Pattaya Police Checkpoint on Friday Afternoon, Police were able to arrest three suspected drug dealers.
The Checkpoint was set-up in Soi Yume off the Central Pattaya Road and resulted in the arrest of two men suspected of consuming class 1 drugs. Information from the men led Police to arrange three covert operations to arrest their alleged drug suppliers.
The first to be arrested was Khun Bunleu aged 33 who was caught with 80 Yabba Tablets at the Burapa Place Apartments in South Pattaya.
Khun Chachawan aged 26 was the next to be arrested with 0.48g of the class 1 drug Crystal Methamphetamine at the Little Court Apartments in Central Pattaya, which was quickly followed by the arrest of Khun Lek aged 21 at the D12 Mansions in Soi 12 off Pattaya Third Road. He was found to be in possession of 0.74g of the same drug.
All three were charged with possession with intent to sell a class 1 drug and await trial.