Pattaya Daily News

04 February 2013 :: 17:02:02 pm 71495

Arrested Vendor Sold Fake Gems To Russian Lady

A Jomtien vendor fled from an angry Russian tourist, after she discovered he had sold her 6 fake gems for 20,000 baht. Bystanders videotaped the confrontation and recorded the license plate number of the motorbike he escaped on. The police later located and arrested the vendor.
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PATTAYA – February 4, 2013 [Pattaya Daily News]: at 12:30 a.m., the arrest of a jewelry vendor for selling fake gems was made by Pol. Col. Supphathee Boonkhrong, Deputy Commander, Chonburi province; along with the detective police team of the Pattaya police station led by Pol. Lt. Col. Phichet Sirinan, Inspector.

The suspect was identified as Mr. Somkid Boonmee, age 50, from Phra Nakhon Sri Ayuddhaya province. He is accused of selling 6 fake gemstones to a foreign tourist. The Russian female tourist got into a confrontation with the vendor on Jomtien Beach road, after she realized he had sold her fake jewelry.

The police were first notified of the incident on February 3, when a detective police team from Pattaya police station was on patrol, and were notified that a vendor had ripped off a tourist in front of the Welcome Hotel on Jomtien Beach Road.

At the scene, officers found the victim, a Russian woman named Mrs. Alda Dabinyan, age 52, who was with two Russian friends. Two Thai suspects on a motorbike had escaped. Mrs. Alda told police she had been walking with her two friends and looking for a Jomtien Beach vendor who had earlier sold her 6 gems for 20,000 baht. But she later discovered the gems were fake.

Then she saw the vendor on the back of a black Honda Click motorbike, which was being driven another Thai man. She confronted the vendor, later identified as Mr. Somkid. When she tried to talk to him about the fake gems, Mr. Somkid walked away from her. So Mrs. Alda then asked the motorbike driver whether he knew Mr. Somkid or not, and pulled at the driver’s handbag to stop him from escaping.

Meanwhile, several bystanders were recording the confrontation on video, and they filmed the men escaping on the motorbike. After hearing the report of the victim, the detectives examined the video clips and were able to discern the license plate number of the motorbike.

The police tracked the address of the bike’s owner to a south Pattaya house, where they found Mr. Somkid and his friend sitting inside. Police restrained the pair and brought them to the Pattaya police station, Dongtarn curve sub-branch.

When they arrived at the police station, the Russian victim pointed out Mr. Somkid as the thief. But she informed police that there was a slight misunderstanding, and Mr. Somkid’s friend had not been involved in the crime. So the police released the friend.

After his arrest, Mr. Somkid consented to refund the 20,000 paid by the Russian victim for the fake gems. But he was still prosecuted according to the law.

The police initially charged Mr. Somkid with selling goods by cheating in a way that made other people believe false claims about the origin, quality or quantity of the products sold, a violation of Thai law according to Act 271.

Reporter : Samart   Photo : Samart   Category : Crime News

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