Pattaya Daily News

27 September 2012 :: 17:09:30 pm 66986

Thieving Pattaya Ladyboys Have Last Shopping Spree

A gang of ladyboy thieves who had been drugging and robbing foreign tourists was arrested after their latest theft. Police arrested two ladyboys and the boyfriend of one ladyboy. The seized evidence included expensive clothes and mobile phones purchased with stolen credit cards and cash.
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PATTAYA – September 26, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]; at 9:45 p.m., the arrests of a gang of ladyboy thieves was announced by Pol. Col. Thammanoon Munkong, Superintendent, Pattaya police station, Chonburi province; Pol. Lt. Col. Kiattisak Sathongoy, Deputy Superintendent; Pol. Lt. Col. Chitdecha Songhong, Inspector; Pol. Capt. Jamras Thongjinda, Deputy Inspector; and the special police team for subduing crime at the Pattaya police station.

Police arrested two ladyboys along with the boyfriend of one of the ladyboys. The ladyboys were identified as Mr. Thanasorn or Kob Kaha, age 29, address 127 Moo 2 Tambon Bangrakam, Amphur Nakornchaisri, Nakornpathom province; and Mr. Piyavuth or Woody Chukorn, age 25, address 46 Moo 10 Tambon Kumuang, Amphur Varinchamrab, Ubonratchathani.

The boyfriend of Mr. Thanasorn was identified as Mr. Paphan or Ik Chaimongkol, age 21, address 129 Moo 10 Tambon Wangkaitheun, Amphur Hanka, Chainart province.

Police seized the evidence of stolen property from a foreign tourist that included a Visa card from Kasikorn Bank and a golden bracelet with a diamond. Police also recovered items purchased with the victim’s money and credit card at the Central Festival Pattaya Beach department store.

The ill-gotten goods included 9 mobile phones of various brands, and brand-name clothes including belts, shirts and trousers such as Levis, and three pairs of designer shoes for 5,000 THB per pair, a cap and slippers. The thieves spent nearly 100,000 THB on more than 20 items they bought. The police charged the trio with together stealing another’s property at night, possessing stolen property, and having or using another’s bank card.

Pol. Col. Thammanoon Munkong revealed that on the night of September 23, Mr. Thanasorn and Mr. Piyavuth together made trouble by deceiving the victim, a drunk foreign businessman walking in front of Lucifer pub on Walking Street. The two ladyboys persuading the drunk tourist to buy sexual services from them. So the victim sat on their motorbike and they went to rent a room at Lucky Inn on Phratamnak road.

When they entered the room, the ladyboys mixed anesthetic in the beer for the victim to drink to drug him. After he fell asleep, the two suspects stole the victim’s gold bracelet with a diamond, and took his Visa card before escaping. The ladyboys sold the stolen bracelet at the K center gold shop on Soi Buakhao and divided money with each other. Then they used the victim’s Visa card to withdraw 10,000 THB cash from the ATM at Kasikorn Thai bank, south Pattaya branch.

Mr. Thanasorn then persuaded his boyfriend, Mr. Paphan, to drive them to Central Festival Pattaya Beach department store to use the stolen Visa card to buy goods. The thieves bought well-known brand name clothes and shoes, and two expensive mobile phones that cost 107,712 THB. However, the merchant checked the Visa card and found that the card belonged to a foreigner. So the seller asked them about the owner of the card. This made the three crooks scared about being caught, so they left the Visa card at the shop and ran away immediately.

The shop notified the police, so the police took the Visa card to the officer of Kasikorn Thai bank to check, and found that the card had been used by the ladyboy gang to withdraw cash and buy many items worth more than 100,000 THB. The police investigated to find the owner of Visa card, and located him when he later came to notify police at the Pattaya police station about the theft.

After questioning the victim and taking notes, police investigated to track down the supects. Detectives later discovered that the three suspects lived in a rental room behind Mityon shop in south Pattaya, Moo 10 Tambon Nong Preu, Amphur Banglamung, Chonburi province. So they arrested the three suspects.

During questioning, the suspects confessed to their crimes. They also admitted to previously committing similar crimes of drugging tourists and robbing them. After they sold the victim’s properties, they divided the money with each other. They used the bank cards of victims to withdraw cash, and also used the cards to buy expensive brand name products, while spending their stolen cash extravagantly.

Pol. Col. Thammanoon Munkong condemned the gang of ladyboys for making trouble with the foreign tourists and greatly destroying the good image of Pattaya tourism so much. The police will rush to investigate further to prosecute the gang in order to convince the tourists that Pattaya is a safe place for traveling.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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