PATTAYA – August 23, 2012[PDN]; at 1:30 a.m., a woman was arrested for pickpocketing a man on Pattaya beach. A roving police patrol had been set up by Pol. Sen. Sgt.Maj. Songtharm Naksawat, the officer of Protecting and Subduing Crime unit, Pattaya police station, Chonburi province.
He had mobilized forces of volunteer police to inspect for crime to protect tourists at Pattaya Beach. When the patrolling police reached the front of the Central Festival shopping complex, they noticed a couple sitting on the beach in a situation that seemed suspicious.
They approached the couple and asked for identification. The drunk foreign man was identified as Mr. Michael Hagarty, age 52, from Ireland. The woman sitting beside him was Ms. Angkana Piriyathorn, age 41, address 10/23 Moo 9 Tambon Tachang, Amphur Muang, Chantaburi province.
It appeared to the police that Ms. Angkana was trying to take advantage of Mr. Michael’s drunkenness to steal his property.
Ms. Angkana claimed that she knew the foreign man and they had come to sit at the beach together. The skeptical police asked Mr. Michael to verify her claim. But Mr. Michael told the police that he didn’t know Mrs. Angkana, and just met her. So the police asked Mr. Michael to check his pockets to see if anything was missing.
Mr. Michael then discovered that 700 THB was missing from his pants pocket, as well as a Kasikorn Bank ATM card. So the police asked to search Mrs. Angkana. They found the missing cash and ATM card belonging Mr. Michael hidden in her cigarette bag.
But Mrs. Angkana still denied stealing the items, and claimed that she knew Mr. Michael. But Mr. Michael again confirmed that he didn’t know Mrs. Angkana.
He told the police that he had been out drinking until he got drunk, and was sitting on the beach alone. Then Ms. Angkana approached and sat beside him.
Police arrested Mrs. Angkana with the stolen evidence, and charged her with stealing another’s property. She was taken to the Pattaya police station to check her history for prior convictions, and sent to the investigation officer to prosecute further according to the law.