PATTAYA – August 8, 2012 [PDN]; At 2 p.m., the arrest of two Iranians for bank theft was announced by Pol. Maj. Gen. Jamnong Rattanakul, Commander, Chonburi province; Pol. Col. Pisit Proyroonroj, Deputy Commander; Pol. Col. Somneuk Jankate, Superintendent, Banglamung police station; Pol. Lt. Col. Paksuwat Chomthanom, Inspector; the department head of the Center of Subduing International Crime; a police team and the Banglamung police team.
The suspects were identified as Mr. Aliashraf Rezamanesh Faramani, 50, and Mr. Hamidraza Radshambayati, 32. They were charged with stealing property according to the arrest warrant of Pattaya provincial court at J.519/2555 and J.520/2555 dated August 7, 2012.
Many bank representatives also pointed out the two Iranians to confirm to arrest. Pol. Maj. Gen. Jamnong revealed that the police was notified by many bank officers that foreigners had asked the banks to exchange money and then stole some money.
So he commanded the Banglamung police together with police from the Center of Subduing International Crime, Chonburi province, to investigate the case. Police investigators then caught up to Mr. Aliashraf and Mr. Hamidraza. After obtaining the court warrant, the police arrested the men in front of Marine Plaza in south Pattaya.
During questioning, Mr. Aliashraf confessed that he and Mr. Hamidraza went to numerous banks to ask to exchange 100 USD to 1,000 THB banknotes.
When they got the money, they would ask to exchange the 1,000 THB banknotes for those with a “T” alphabet, asking the bank officer to take out all banknotes for them to choose. Then they would steal some money in their hand and return the leftover amount to the banker, escaping with the stolen money.
The police discovered that both men had scammed many Chonburi and Rayong province banks, stealing more than 200,000 THB.
After initial investigation, the police charged them with stealing property and restrained them to send to the investigated officer to prosecute further according to the law.
The police also invited any other bank that might have been victimized to come to the Banglamung police station and identify the men and file theft charges.