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30 January 2009 :: 16:01:31 pm 9591

2 Baht Bus Gangs Apprehended Following Robbery Of 2 Tourists In Pattaya

On 30th January 2 foreign tourists were robbed on 2 different baht busses at about the same time. The thieves, a team of Thai females in both cases, were caught with the help of some Good Samaritans.
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Pattaya Deputy Superintendent Pol. Lt. Col. Sutum Chowsritong received a report at 00.50 am. that a female pick pocket gang had been apprehended in front of a hotel on Jomtien beach. A Police team rushed to the scene to investigate.

In front of the Grand Jomtien Hotel, Moo. 12, Nongprue, Banglamung, they found two Thai female suspects, Miss Sowapa Saetung [18] and a 13-year-old girl, Miss Ya [alias], the victim, Mr. Craig Robertson [40] , an Australian national, and the thief catchers.

Mr. Robertson explained that he was in the Baht bus with his girlfriend and another two friends, traveling from South Pattaya to Jomtien. On the way, three Thai women joined the bus and one of them sat beside him. While he was distracted talking to his friend, he said the woman must have got into his bag which was placed on his lap.

He became suspicious when they rushed to push the alarm and got off the bus. When he checked his bag and found his wallet missing, he shouted for help from people nearby and they managed to grab two of ladies. The third escaped with his wallet.

The two suspects denied all knowledge of the theft and said they didn’t know the 3rd lady. Eye witness accounts confirmed the victim’s story and police took the two ladies into custody for further processing.

Only ten minutes later, police were informed about another pick pocket team apprehended by the victim and witnesses in front of Top Supermarket, Pattaya second road.

Mr. Frank [40], an American citizen, was sitting on a Baht bus alone when five women got on and started to chat with him. When the bus arrived in front of Pattaya Land Soi 2, Pattaya second road, one of the women picked his wallet from his pocket and they all ran out of the bus and onto another one.

Mr. Frank immediately noticed what had happened and shouted for help. Some bystanders came to help and managed to arrest most of the gang and retrieve Mr. Frank’s wallet which contained about 1000 baht in cash, ATM cards and other documents. One of the suspects managed to escape.

When police questioned the suspects, Mrs. Sunet Kiewsaart [42], Sunan Kiewsaart [39], Miss Sunisa Juntarow [18] and a girl [14] Miss Da [alias], they denied any involvement and claimed that the thief was the one who had escaped and she had thrown Mr. Frank’s wallet to them. Police didn’t believe their story and took them into custody.

Police believe both gangs are responsible for previous unsolved robberies of tourists and probably many others in which the victims hadn’t bothered to report the thefts to police. Similar gangs are still operating and tourists are warned to be alert when riding baht busses.

Reporter : Jirrawat   Photo : Jirrawat   Category : Crime News

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