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Pattaya Daily News

21 October 2012 :: 15:10:23 pm 67701

Irksome Ice Cream Man Busted by Bugged Cops

Pattaya police arrested an ice cream vendor for carrying a radio device tuned to the police frequency. Volunteer police initially let the vendor go, after he claimed he was helping the police. But the drunken vendor returned and acted so obnoxious that the irritated cops arrested him.
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PATTAYA – October 20, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]; at 2:30 a.m., a report of an ice cream vendor being restrained by volunteer police for carrying a police radio frequency monitor was received by Pol. Capt. Somchai Chaikananukul, Deputy Inspector, Pattaya police station, Chonburi province. He rushed to inspect the scene with the police team.

Pattaya volunteer police were detaining the drunken suspect at entrance of Sukhumvit road, south Pattaya, entrance side to Chonburi province. The suspect was a vendor of Magnolia ice cream, identified as Mr. Thonsuk Simsuwan, age 34, address 38 Moo 19 Tambon Nong Preu, Amphur Banglamung, Chonburi province.

The volunteer police told arriving police officers that Mr. Thonsuk had been carrying and using his radio communication equipment to listen to the police radio frequency, even though he is not an officer or a volunteer of an enforcement organization.

The police seized Mr. Thonsuk’s radio communication equipment, an Icom radio monitor, model IC-V83, that was ready to use without a license and permission card. Mr. Thonsuk had set the device to access the radio frequency wave used by the Pattaya police station and other government organizations in the area.


The volunteer police told the officers that they had been riding their motorbikes to assist the Pattaya police by inspecting for and helping prevent crimes. So the volunteer police had set up a checkpoint at the entrance of Sukhumvit road in south Pattaya.

Then the ice cream vendor Mr. Thongsuk was riding by on his 3-wheel motorbike, but when he saw the volunteer police he parked his motorbike and got off to talk to them. The volunteer police noticed that Mr. Thongsuk was carrying the radio communicator equipment at his waist, which was turned on at a high volume to listen to the police frequency wave of the Pattaya police station.

The volunteer police also noticed Mr. Thongsuk was very drunk, so they asked him which law enforcement organization he worked for. But Mr. Thongsuk replied that he didn’t work with any organization, he just listened to his radio and as a good citizen tried to assist the police whenever he could.

So the volunteer police thought that Mr. Thongsuk really wanted to assist the police as a good citizen, so they didn’t blame him. But because Mr. Thongsuk was talking very loudly in a drunken manner, the volunteer police told him to go home to sleep.

At first Mr. Thongsuk rode away on his motorbike, but then he returned a short while later. He began to boast and started making trouble with the officers, so the volunteer police restrained Mr. Thongsuk. They then notified the police to come to inspect Mr. Thongsuk, to consider whether they should arrest him for carrying and using the radio communicator equipment inappropriately and illegally.

Initially, Mr. Thongsuk confessed to the regular police that he had been using his radio communicator equipment to eavesdrop on the police radio frequency wave without a permission card for a long time. Mr. Thongsuk admitted that he was not a volunteer or an officer of any organization. But the reason he carried his radio was to listen to the incidents of crimes in progress, so that he could assist the police as a good citizen. He also confessed that he had drunk a lot of liquor and was really drunk.

The police informed Mr. Thongsuk that it is illegal for anyone to carry and use police-frequency radio communicator equipment without permission. He should also not be carrying or using such equipment when drunk, the police said.

If Mr. Thongsuk is sincere about being a responsible good citizen who wants to assist police and carry a police-frequency radio, he should obtain permission first from the police, or join a volunteer enforcement or related civic organization, the officers said sternly.

So the police arrested Mr. Thongsuk and charged him with “having and using radio communicator equipment without permission from an authorized officer issuing a permission card.” The police then restrained the drunken ice cream vendor and sent him to the investigation officer at the Pattaya police station to prosecute according to the law.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Community News

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