Banglamung, 9 June 2011 [PDN]: Police Captain Teerapong Ongart (Deputy Inspector Suppression of Banglamung Police Department) and his team seized two border patrol police officers.
Pol.Sgt.Maj. Chamlong Jacheonrum and Pol.Sgt.Maj.Sakchai Panaumata were arrested at Vis Mobile Shop, Raiwanasin Market along with their belongings including two 9mm. guns, one 11 mm. gun, bullets, official ID cards and handcuffs.
Tawis Wongshun, the shop owner reported that the two patrol policemen raided his shop without legitimate police badges.
The officers came to his shop and confiscated several mobiles phones, claiming they were pirated goods, Tawis said.
However, when asking for identification and a search warrant, these men declined. Instead, they pulled out their guns and threatened him, Tawis continued.
According to the patrol police, they received an order from the copyright officer to inspect these mobile phones.
They also reported to the Banglamung Police Department prior to their visit at the shop, a patrol officer said.
The shop owner refused for the officer to confiscate the pirated items, the patrol officer continued adding that the other vendors in the market started surrounded them when the shop owner yelled out for help.
The patrol officers said they did not have enough time to show their ID cards and instead they took out their guns in self-defence.
Based on their investigation, the police confirmed that the patrol officers are genuine border patrol police and their guns are legitimate as well as their report at Banglamung Police Department prior to their visit.
Tawis dropped all charges against the patrol police officers.
However, all police should have their ID or legal documents for inspections before making the arrest or confiscation because there are many false officers who are only after extra bribery money, Tawis stated.
Two patrol officers were detained for further investigation while the police reported the case to their relevant department