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04 August 2010 :: 13:08:22 pm 34269

Police Pursuit & Shootout During Wheel Theft Investigations

Pattaya police were involved in a dangerous shootout following investigations into a wheel theft gang in South Pattaya on Wednesday. Resultant investigations found that the offenders were under the influence of narcotics.
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Pattaya, the 4th of August 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: At approximately 3:00am on Wednesday, Lieutenant Colonel Santi Chucherd (Pattaya Police Investigator) conducted a team of officers in an investigation into several reported wheel thefts at the Chaimongkol Temple in South Pattaya.

Waiting at the scene, following a tip-off that a gang of wheel thieves were going to target the Chaimongkol temple car park, officers waited for there arrival. Two suspects pulled up shortly after, loading what appeared to be 6 car wheels (rims) onto their pickup.

Following the offenders in an attempt to investigate their operation, the driver of the offending pickup fired a gun at police before unsuccessfully attempting to lose them in a pursuit along Sukhumvit Road. The pursuit ended when police successfully shot-out the rear tyre of the offending vehicle, forcing him to pullover. Prior to stopping, the offender threw several items, now known to be a .38 calibre revolver and an amount of Ya-Ice, from the vehicle.

Resultant investigations revealed the offenders to be Sergeant Theera Khamkrit [43] from the Navy Weapon Department and Miss Jip (full name unknown). Under investigation, Sgt. Khamkrit confessed to the crime, revealing that two other men had been removing the wheels from cars in the temple grounds.

Officers immediately swooped to arrest the two other suspects, found to be Mr. Phatchara Saengsuk [28 and Mr. Witthaya Subsunthorn [28]. All four offenders were arrested and taken into police custody, while officers confiscated the evidence, including a firearm, drugs, stolen wheels and equipment used in the thefts.

The gang has since confessed to participating in the theft of car wheels in several car parks around Pattaya, while also being under the influence of a class-1 restricted drug. Investigations are continuing, with police suspecting that there are other members of the gang still operating in the area.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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