Pattaya Daily News

26 January 2013 :: 13:01:19 pm 70952

Deaf Thai Thief Snatches Purse To Get Drunk

A 33-year-old deaf man was arrested by police a week after snatching a Thai woman’s handbag near south Pattaya road. He told police he stole her purse to buy liquor to drink. The Choburi governor also announced the arrests of 5 more criminals during the month-long crackdown on crime by Pattaya police.
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PATTAYA – January 25, 2013 [Pattaya Daily News]; at 7:30 p.m., the arrest of a deaf purse snatcher was announced by Pol. Maj. Gen. Katcha Thartsart, Commander, Chonburi province; Pol. Col. Supphathee Boonkrong, Deputy Commander; Pol. Col. Suwan Cheawnawinthawat, Superintendent, Pattaya police station; Pol. Lt. Col. Phumsit Singtheuan, Deputy Superintendent; and the detective police team.

The deaf suspect was identified as Mr. Pathomcharn or Leab Photaeng, age 33, who lives in Tambon Plutaluang in Sattahip, and is charged with stealing property. Police seized the evidence of the victim’s stolen handbag, a BlackBerry cellphone, and a black Honda Wave 125 motorbike used by the suspect.

The victim was identified as Mrs. Khamlar Jan-umroong, age 41, an employee of Krungthai AXA Life Insurance Co., Ltd. Pattaya branch. She pointed out the suspect for police to arrest.

The purse snatching had occurred on the morning of January 17, when Pattaya police were notified by Mrs. Khamlar that a Thai man driving a motorbike had snatched her handbag while she was walking back home on Soi 16 near south Pattaya road. Her handbag had contained1,500 THB cash, a mobile phone and important documents.

The victim was able to give detailed information to the police about the thief’s appearance and clothing, as well as his motorbike. Later, a police team stationed at a red light intersection on Sukhumvit road at the entrance to south Pattaya spotted Mr. Pathomcharn, who was waiting on his motorbike at the traffic light.

He appeared to resemble the purse snatcher as described by the victim. So the police restrained and took the suspect to Mrs. Khamlar to identify. Mrs. Khamlar confirmed to police that he was the man who stole her purse.

After his arrest, police questioned Mr. Pathomcharn by using a sign language interpreter. He confessed to snatching the victim’s purse, because he wanted money to buy liquor to drink.

During the announcement of the deaf man’s arrest, the Chonburi provincial governor also announced five more arrests during the month-long crackdown on crime by Pattaya Police. The suspects were charged with possessing illegal guns, drugs and stealing property. The suspects had already been prosecuted but had avoided capture. The five suspects were identified as:

Mr. Saravuth or Khem Phrasuwan, age 17, caught with a .22 caliber pistol, and a .38 caliber pen gun with a .38 caliber bullet; Mr. Khomsan or Man Sungngern, age 15, caught with 8 amphetamine pills; Mr. Khomsan or O Eungdaeng, age 26, caught with 10 amphetamine pills; Mr. Jamnong or Jeed Khoomchoom, age 33, caught with 15 amphetamine pills; and Mr. Chaiwat or James Kingjan, age 16, who is accused of purse snatching.

Reporter : Tanasab   Photo : Tanasab   Category : Crime News

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