Pattaya Daily News

18 August 2010 :: 18:08:11 pm 35662

Notorious Gang of Colombian Robbers Arrested in Pattaya

A notorious gang of Colombian nationals have been arrested in Pattaya on Wednesday morning. The gang had been involved in numerous house robberies in Chon-Buri province over the past year and have been linked to a another wanted gang operating in Bangkok.
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Pattaya, the 18th of August 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: At approximately 11:00am on Wednesday, Lieutenant Colonel Thanet Pinmeung-Ngam (Chon-Buri Police Investigator) revealed the arrest of five Colombian men wanted in relation to at least 20 robberies in the province. The men were arrested in two condominiums at one of the View Talay Condominium Projects in Pattaya.

The arrested men are; Jorge Ivan Cardona Sanchez [20], Eimar David Gilardo Artega [23], Michel Leandro Albarincon [25], Giovanni Sanchez [25] and Ricardo David [25]. In the raid on the gangs apartments, police confiscated numerous items of value, including; jewellery, gold, notebook computers, cameras, clothing, shoes and several mobile phones. While four passports had been seized in the investigation, one was a duplicate of Mr. Jorge Sanchez’s and the other two were decidedly varying in their format despite being issued at the same point in time.

Investigations revealed that the 5 men had been involved in at least 20 house burglaries in the past year, all within the Chon-Buri region. They had been attempting to ship all items of value taken from the victim’s houses back to their homeland of Colombia using FedEx courier services in Pattaya.

Officers estimate that the value of all items confiscated in the Pattaya raid equate to approximately Bt5 million, whilst the total value of stolen goods is thought to be over Bt10 million. At present police, speculate that the 5 men are involved with another suspected Colombian gang implicated in the Sirirat Hospital robbery in Bangkok recently.

All five offenders have now been remanded in police custody awaiting further interrogation into their illegal operation. Police are now beginning to contact victims, including a local police Colonel, in order to return their stolen goods.

Reporter : Wirraphun   Photo : Wirraphun   Category : Crime News

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