Pattaya Daily News

02 February 2013 :: 14:02:31 pm 71371

Volunteer Officer Preys On Hapless Burmese Vendor

An 18-year-old Thai man was arrested for repeatedly robbing a Burmese roti vendor who lived in the same building. The suspect is a volunteer officer at Thupphaya Center. The victim did not report the crimes because he feared deportation. Building residents finally notified police.
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PATTAYA – February 1, 2013 [Pattaya Daily News]; at 3 p.m., a report of an armed robbery of a Burmese victim was received by Pol. Lt. Phutthiphong Cheunchom, investigation officer on duty, Pattaya police station. The incident occurred at a condominium building in south Pattaya, Moo 10, Tambon Nong Preu, Amphur Banglamung.

At the scene, police found a bystander identified as Mr. Aekkaphol Kornkaew, age 22. He told them that the trouble maker is Mr. Boonthana or Ton Kaewkhiew, age 18. Mr. Boonthana is also a volunteer officer of Thupphaya 2310 Center.

The police discovered that the suspect lives in a room on the third floor, so they went to inspect the room, where they found the suspect. Police seized a BB gun for evidence, but the suspect had thrown away another BB gun before police arrived. The police restrained Mr. Aekkaphol, and they went to a second-floor room in the same building, where they found equipment to consume drugs.

Police questioned the robbery victim, identified as Mr. Tikaram Newpaneh, age 24, from Burma. He told police that he had just returned from his job as a roti vendor when he got robbed. Mr. Tikaram was going to enter his second-floor room at B building, but was suddenly confronted by Mr. Boonthana, who used the BB gun to threaten him. The suspect then stole his mobile phone and 1,000 THB cash before escaping.

The Burmese victim was afraid of Mr. Boothana, but he didn’t dare to notify the police, because he is a foreigner from Burma. Also, Mr. Boonthana had already robbed him before. But other building residents had observed Mr. Boonthana making trouble with the innocent Burmese vendor. They finally got fed up with his criminal behavior, and notified the police about the bullying criminal.

During questioning by police, Mr. Aekkaphol claimed that Mr. Boonthana had persuaded him to go with him while he was robbing the vendor. Mr. Boonthana told Mr. Aekkaphol to stand to wait for him, because Mr. Boonthana is a volunteer officer and had a gun that made the victim didn’t dare to resist or fight against him.

Mr. Aekkaphol said he was not involved in the robbery, and Mr. Boonthana had acted alone. But the police didn’t believe him. So the police restrained both Mr. Boonthana and Mr. Aekkaphol to check their urine for drugs. The test results showed that both men had violet urine, so the police restrained them to prosecute further according to the law.

Reporter : Tanasab   Photo : Tanasab   Category : Crime News

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