Pattaya Daily News

19 July 2007 :: 16:07:13 pm 43782

RIP-OFF VOLUNTEER GIVES PATTAYA VOLUNTEER POLICE INCREASINGLY BAD NAME

A Daikin air-con salesman reported to the Pattaya Police that a guy claiming to be a policeman had stopped him on his motorbike and tried to extort money from him under threat. Police immediately followed up the case and arrested the culprit, only to find out that he was a volunteer policeman.
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Pol.Lt.Col. Santi Chainiranam of Pattaya Police was notified by Mr. Sakchai Muaklek, (26), from Khao Mai Gaew, Banglamung, that around 8.00 am, he was on his motorbike en route to see his friend in Central Pattaya when he was flagged down by a guy in a black T-shirt, wearing a police badge with a walkie-talkie. Nearby, there was a woman sitting on the back seat of a motorbike. The guy approached him and shouted for him to stop, claiming to belong to the Pattaya Volunteer Police.
Mr. Sakchai was suspicious and, fearing that his motorbike might be stolen, rode away. The police volunteer chased after him and ordered him to stop. The “policeman” wanted to impound his motorbike at the police motorbike garage in Soi Thai-udom, North Pattaya, so Mr. Sakchai had to ride on the back seat of the policeman’s bike, while the policeman’s female companion rode Mr. Sakchai’s motorbike.

It took hours to get to the police garage as the duo were apparently riding round in circles. Once they reached the garage, there were no police present, which aroused Mr. Sakchai’s suspicions. The guy said if Mr. Sakchai wanted his motorbike back, he must pay a fine of 1,000 Baht and also demanded that Mr. Sakchai buy him a can of beer. The guy confiscated his driving license and told him he could pick it up with his motorbike the following day. Mr. Sakchai was highly dubious about the whole proceedings, especially because there were no police to write up the incident officially. He then asked the advice of people in the area and it was suggested he report the matter to the police.

Pol.Lt.Col. Santi investigated the report and eventually found the supposed volunteer in question, Mr. Uye-porn Sanghiran (26), from Nongprue. He produced Volunteer Police I.D. card, Class 3, “Wat Chai 323” and Mr. Sakchai identified him as the officer involved. The police then arrested him and seized his I.D. card, his walkie-talkie, and 540 Baht in cash, the residue of the 1000 Baht, as evidence.

Mr. Uye-porn confessed to having seized Mr. Sakchai’s motorbike and demanding money. He claimed that Mr. Sakchai had cut him up on his motorbike and then ridden away. He further claimed that he had tried to contact the police but was unable to, so he deciding to act independently, impounding the motorbike and took a chance by taking care of the fine money, himself. However, police did not believe him as he had a previous record as a trouble-maker and also of preventing victims reporting him, using threats. He was duly arrested and the case was forwarded to the Volunteer Police with the recommendation that they be more vigilant about the conduct of their officers in future.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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