Pattaya, 11 March, 2010: nearly a year ago, a pair of katoeys (lady-boys) conspired to rob a Turkish short-time lover of one of them by having the one indulging in sex surreptitiously hand his accomplice, who was hiding under the bed, money from his lover’s pocket. The hidden accomplice then escaped while the sex-partner and his Turkish lover took a shower together.
Following notification from a senior police officer of the whereabouts of a fugitive robbery suspect and acting under the authority an arrest warrant, dated 30 April 2009, Major Arun Phromphan (Chief Inspector of Pattaya Tourist Police) and his team of Tourist Police swooped on a rented house in Soi Mabyailia, managing to arrest the suspect, Mongkhonchai Tharana, 27, from Thatakieb, Chacherngsao, who was found in the possession of Bt 12,000; all that remained from an original Bt1,830,000 stolen by Tharana and his accomplice.
Tharana was subsequently taken to Pattaya Tourist Police Station for interrogation. Once there, he confessed that he and his lady-boy accomplice, Jack, 27, had robbed Mr. Buren Karaboey, a Turkish national, of 61,000 Swiss Francs/Bt1,830,000. Tharana said that Mr. Buren had hired him for sex, but he had somehow sneaked his friend, Jack, into the hotel room and secreted him under the bed before sexual relations took place. During sex, Tharana had apparently managed to take the money from his victim’s pocket, nearby, and surreptitiously slipped it to Jack under the bed. Then, as Tharana and Buren took a shower together, Jack had escaped from the room to meet up later with Tharana and the pair escaped by car with the loot. Afterwards, the pair went to Malaysia, where they stayed until nearly all the money had run out, after which they returned to Pattaya. Jack is apparently still on the run.
The Tourist Police Commander, Maj. Gen. Adisorn Ngamjitsuksri, is apparently eager to rush this case to trial as it tarnishes Pattaya City’s image.
An Iranian national has been robbed and assaulted at his rental room in North Pattaya. The man had engaged the services of a lady boy in North Pattaya who along with another lady boy and a Thai man, robbed him of nearly 30,000 baht.
A Swiss national took two females to his room, only to be later robbed of approximately Bt100,000, after eating a piece of suspected narcotic-laced chocolate. Investigations continue in an attempt to apprehend the two offenders.
A ladyboy successfully stole the wallet of a drunken British national in the early hours of Thursday morning, before he was then apprehended shortly after by his victim. The incident occurred in the vicinity of ‘Tuk Com’ computer city, South Pattaya.
Pattaya, 29 September,2009, [PDN]: two tourists invited a couple of ladyboys back to their hotel room. While there, one or the other of the ladyboys is suspected of having spiked their hosts’ drinks, with the result that one man died and the other was hosoitalised. The case is under investigation.
Pattaya, July 29,[PDN]: an Australian tourist, walking along Pattaya Beach Road, was solicited by a katoey (ladyboy) who, when rejected, picked the tourist’s pocket, stealing Bt2,200, which he passed to an accomplice. The tourist retaliated and, in the fight which ensued, was knifed by the katoey, but still managed to detain the robber till police arrived.