Pattaya Daily News

26 June 2008 :: 13:06:53 pm 11104

Pattaya Policeman‘S Son Robs Foreigner In Copycat Crime

While a New Zealander and his Thai wife were riding their motorbike along Jomtien Beach Road, heading home to Soi Bonggoch, South Pattaya on 25 June 2008, they were suddenly accosted by two youths on a motorcycle, who had sped up on them. One of the teenagers snatched the necklace from New Zealander‘s neck and made off to Sukhumvit Road via Thepprasit Road
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The New Zealander, Gervge Petroff (35) accordingly notified Police Major Wittaya Yeunyong of the robbery at 11.00 am and the victim and his wife, Linda (27) duly waited in a shocked and frightened state for the police to arrive at the incident. The couple related to the police, who arrived soon after, how they had been robbed by two youths on a blue and white Honda Wave motorcycle.

The officers then communicated with police headquarters by radio, relaying the circumstances of the robbery. The alert having been broadcast, police fortunately recognised the bike and its two riders, from independent witnesses’ descriptions and managed to arrest the pair. The teenagers were identified as Ponpat Saipoglang(16), a student from Aksorn Suksah School and his friend Worawut Giriyanan(15), who were living in a rented room in Soi Jularat, Tepprasit Soi 5.Significantly, Ponpat’s father was a police officer and the youth told arresting officers that he would often eavesdrop on police radio broadcasts, especially those relating to snatch-robberies. One day, he decided to see if he, too, could attempt a similar robbery just to see if he could get away with it.

After pulling off his impromptu robbery, the youth rode back home, pretended nothing had happened. However, the teenage thief discovered to his cost that such spur of the moment robberies are rarely successful as some witnesses were able recognize his face and were subsequently able to identify him to police.

Later in the day, police took Mr. Gervge Petroff and his wife to the police station to positively identify the necklace thief and his accomplice, which they were fortunately able to do. The two culprits will be prosecuted accordingly.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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