Pattaya Daily News

03 December 2007 :: 13:12:36 pm 38457

AFTER ATTACK ON FOREIGNER, THE HEAT IS ON FAKE GOODS HAWKERS

Since a foreigner was harassed and attacked by fake watch hawkers, after he refused to buy their goods, police have instituted a strict enforcement policy against the hawkers of fake goods. One man, who sold fake brand name watches, was arrested. Police will pursue their investigation to find and arrest the group of miscreants who attacked the foreign man as soon as possible.
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On 2 December 2007, at 1:30am, Pattaya Deputy Superintendent, Police Lieutenant Colonel Suphachat Peammanus, along with a police team, assembled to find hawkers of fake goods, who have annoyed tourists around Pattaya. Police arrested Mr. Kriengkrai Mhad-yhae (31), from Krabi Province, who was hawking fake brand name watches to foreigners around beer bars, in the area of Soi 5, Pattaya Beach Road. Police confiscated twelve watches with names such as Rolex, Louis Vitton, Breitling, Tag HEUER and others

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Mr. Kriengkrai was charged with selling fake goods. The penalty for this infraction is four years in jail, a fine of 4,000 baht, or both. Mr. Keiengkrai confessed that he is quite familiar with the people who sell fake watches in Pattaya. Most of them are from the South. They usually purport that the watches are genuine. They buy the watches from Klong Thom Market, in Bangkok, for no more than one thousand baht and resell them to foreigners in beer bars for three to four thousand baht apiece.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Suphachat declared that the police will pursue strict enforcement procedures against the fake goods hawkers as a result of the incident in which a group of them had harassed and attacked Mr. Colin McCuaig (56), a Scottish, ex-cop, on 30 November 2007. They, apparently, became enraged after Mr. McCuaig had bargained over the price of the fake watches and attacked him.Police Lieutenant Colonel Suphachat said that, as a result of that incident, police have beefed up enforcement and arrest of the wrongdoers. Police have leads regarding the attackers, but they are in hiding, and the police have not been able to locate them yet. Most of the fake watch sellers are from the South. They have been warning each other to avoid the police and are laying low at the moment. Police will apprehend the group of wrongdoers as soon as possible, in the interest of tourist safety. In the meantime, police will carry out strict enforcement against fake goods hawkers who often annoy tourists.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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