Pattaya Daily News

28 November 2007 :: 12:11:13 pm 38499

BAHT BUS PICK POCKETS! TWO SISTERS AND TWO GUYS ARRESTED

Pattaya Investigation Police arrested a gang of pickpockets. Two of the miscreants were sisters who attempted to pick the pocket of a foreigner on a baht bus. The victim realized what was happening and shouted for help. The two women jumped off the baht bus and attempted to get on the motorbike of their male friends, who were coming to pick them up. Fortunately, some Good Samaritans, in the area, managed to catch all of them.
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On 27 November 2007, at 3pm, Police Lieutenant Colonel Chartchai Juenthawin, Deputy Superintendent, Pattaya, Chonburi, was notified by a witness that a gang of thieves had attempted to pickpocket a foreigner on a baht bus. The incident occurred on Soi Bua Khao, Moo 9, Nonprue, Banglamung, Chonburi. Police Lieutenant Colonel Chartchai directed Police Major Maj.Chaiyagrit Thong-Inn, a police investigator, along with a police team to investigate what had occurred.
At the scene, the victim, Mr. Michael Ashworth (53), a British citizen, was waiting for the police, and complained that the two sisters, Miss Goi Eam-sa-ard (22) and Miss Usa Eam-sa-ard, along with their two male accomplices, Mr. Bancha Yos-yingyong (22) and Mr. Arkom Sotang (16), had attempted to rob him. Police learned that they all lived on Soi 7, Theprasist Road. Police confiscated a Yamaha Fino, with a fake license plate, no. 765, that was used in the crime.

Mr. Ashworth explained to the police that he was riding the baht bus from his hotel in order to buy food in the vicinity of Tuk Com IT Mall. While the bus was on Soi Bua Khao, Miss Goi attempted to pick his pocket, which contained more than ten thousand baht. He realized that what was happening and shouted for help. The two girls, immediately, jumped off the baht bus and attempted to get on the motorbike that Mr. Bancha and Mr. Arkom were riding on to pick up the two girls. Fortunately, bystanders were able to catch and detain the four wrongdoers.

While the police were investigating Mr. Ashworth’s case, Mrs. Pornthip Thoomthong (40), from Surin Province, another of the gang’s victims, arrived to identify the suspects. She told police that, two weeks ago, the same gang had picked her foreign husband’s pocket in front of Wat Chai, in South Pattaya, and she wanted to press charges, as well.

Police Major Chaiyagrit said that this gang was all too familiar to the police, as they had been arrested many times for similar behavior. Apparently, they have not reformed. In addition, it turned out that the motorbike they used in committing their dastardly deed had been stolen. Police arrested all four suspects and sent them to Police Lieutenant Colonel Chaiporn Nathongpian, Police Investigator, so that they could be processed and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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