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02 February 2013 :: 17:02:51 pm 71385

Pattaya Rental Cars Ripped Off By Indians

Two rental cars were stolen from a Pattaya car rental company by Indian men with fake passports, who did not return the vehicles. The vehicles were tracked by their GPS signals. One was being repaired and recovered by police. The other vehicle, a Toyota Fortuna, was already in Burma.
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SAMUTSONGKHRAM – February 2, 2013, a report of two vehicles being stolen from a Pattaya car rental company was received by the police of Bangpu police station, Samutsongkhram province.

The police had been notified of the theft by Mr. Amornsil Srikhansai, age 43, the owner of the rental car tent in Pattaya. He reported that his customers had not returned the two cars they had rented for 5 days.

When he checked the GPS signal that was set up in the rental cars, he discovered that one car was already in Burma. Mr. Amornsil told police that he had rented the two vehicles on January 21 to several Indian men, who claimed that they worked in a tour company.

The two rented vehicles were a black 4-door Toyota Vigo, license number KHOR KHOR-2744 Chonburi; and a black Toyota Fortuner, license number KOR TOR-9925 Rayong.

Mr. Amornsil had collected the daily rental fee for 1,500 THB for the five days for each of the vehicles, as well as 25,000 THB in deposit money.

But the customers failed to return the cars at the end of the rental contract period on January 26. So Mr. Amornsil checked for the GPS signals and found that the two cars were still in Pattaya.

He found the Toyota Vigo parked on the side of the road, with its front end damaged by a collision with another car. Meanwhile, the Toyota Fortuner was still being driven in Pattaya. So Mr. Amonsil assumed the customers had not finished using the cars.

On the next day, Mr. Amornsil checked the GPS signals again, and found that the Toyota Fortuner was already in Burma. Meanwhile, the Toyota Vigo was parked somewhere in the Bangpu industrial estate.

So Mr. Amornsil notified the Pattaya police station, which asked for assistance from Bangpu police station. After being notified, the Bangpu police coordinated to track down the Toyota Vigo, and found it at a car repair shop in the Bangpu industrial estate.

The front of the car had been damaged from a collision with the back of the other car. Police questioned the owner of the repair garage, who claimed that he got the car from a Mr. Sakthavee Jai-ngarm, the owner of another car repair shop in Bangjak, and he was requested to repaint the car a different color.

So the police contacted Mr. Sakthavee to investigate. He told officers that he got the car Toyota Vigo from an Indian customer who could not speak Thai. The Indian had come with a Thai woman, whose name he did not know.

The couple had told him to repair the air conditioner, and to repaint the car a different color. Mr. Sakthavee said he did not know that it was a stolen car.

After their initial investigation, the police assumed that stolen vehicles were committed by a foreign gang of car thieves, who wandered around to rent cars from the car rental tents. After renting the cars, they would drive the vehicles to neighbor countries to sell them.

The police also discovered that the passports used by the Indian customers to rent the cars were fake passports.

Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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