Police arrested a 29-year-old drug dealer who was pretending to be handicapped to provide a cover for his activities. He confessed to selling drugs to Sri Racha teens for a long time. Police also arrested another suspicious character nearby who was found to be carrying drugs.
A Bahrain tourist’s cellphone was stolen by a pickpocketing ladyboy on Walking Street, but he used his phone’s GPS signal to track the thief. He found the ladyboy at a phone repair shop trying to unlock his stolen phone and cut its GPS signal. Police were notified and arrested the thief.
Much of Rayong was without water for three days after burglars cut an electric wire that short-circuited the water supply station’s pump. People were short of water throughout the city, and many hotels, hospitals, entertainment spots and schools had to close because of the shortage.
Police arrested 7 monks, including a 14-year-old novice monk, at a Jomtien temple as they were having an amphetamine party with liquor and three young women. Immoral items seized by police included guns, pornographic CDs and women’s underwear.
Police arrested a big gang of 11 mostly South Americans who had been burglarizing homes in Pattaya and other areas. They mailed the stolen items back home or sold them at pawnshops. Many suspects also had expired visas.
A country singer’s home was burglarized and trashed by loan sharks after the man failed to make daily 400 baht interest payments on a 20,000 baht loan. Besides destroying his property, the thieves stole a camera and a holy knife worth a total of 200,000 baht.
A Russian couple with the help of bystanders caught a 35-year-old Thai man on a motorbike who tried to snatch the woman’s handbag near Soi Pattaya Park. The couple fought the man, whose bike fell to the ground as he tried to escape. Bystanders helped capture the thief.
Police arrested a pregnant woman after an undercover sting operation at a Huay Yai home. The woman said she could not stop using drugs despite her pregnancy. The suspect and her husband lost their jobs after becoming addicts, so they sold drugs for income.
More than 50 police officers blockaded a house with a drug dealer inside who was holding a police undercover agent as a hostage, after escaping a police sting operation. Police eventually talked the suspect into giving up peacefully. The suspect had been arrested many times on drug charges.
Two Indian men meandering along Pattaya Beach road at night were victimized by three ladyboys on motorbikes who stopped to offer their sexual services. As they were fondling the men, a ladyboy snatched a gold necklace from the victim’s neck before they escaped on motorbikes.
Two teen boys on motorbikes were shot nearly 30 times by an armed rival gang but survived their injuries. The victims were part of a group of 20 teens riding back from a car fair in Laem Chabang. However, a rival gang in South Pattaya began chasing and beating them and shooting at them.
Sattahip police have arrested a sixth suspect in a network of drug dealers selling drugs to teens and students in the area. A 28-year-old woman was arrested after an undercover sting drug purchase. She told police that a Rayong prison inmate was the mastermind behind their drug network.
A 44-year-old housekeeper was arrested for selling amphetamine pills to soldiers at Sattahip marine base. The woman told police she was getting fewer jobs as she got older, and her health was declining, so she resorted to drug dealing for income.
A 25-year-old former soldier apparently high on drugs twice entered a military woman’s home in Sattahip. He was arrested after the first illegal entry. But he was set free the next day, and invaded her house again with a knife and destroyed her property while she was away.
A man with a fake Norwegian passport was arrested on charges of renting motorbikes from Pattaya shops and never returning them. Police assumed the man had sold the rental bikes for cash. He was confirmed as the thief by motorbike rental owners who never got their motorbikes back.
In a follow-up to the arrests of two school janitors for drug dealing, police arrested three more suspects involved in the drug network. Police seized drugs and a pistol in a raid of a Rayong apartment. The police commander condemned the suspects for selling drugs to teens and children.
A Thai man was arrested on sex trafficking charges for luring a 32-year-old Thai woman to Japan last year, by promising her a job at a karaoke bar. However, man took her to a Japanese couple who forced the woman into prostitution. Thai police later helped the victim return to Thailand.
Chonburi immigration police arrested a 56-year-old Australian for posting nude photographs of a Thai woman on the Internet, in an apparent extortion attempt. The woman said the nude photos destroyed her reputation and notified police. The man denied trying to blackmail her.
A couple who worked as school janitors at a Rayong school were arrested for selling amphetamines and ya-ice to students and teens in the area. The couple told police that their custodial jobs did not provide enough income, so they resorted to selling drugs to help pay for daily living expenses.
The Thai police arrested a 39-year-old Trang man for killing a Japanese woman in Tokyo nearly 20 years ago. The statute of limitations was nearly set to expire. The suspect had been her paid gigolo, but killed her in a fit of rage after she angrily called him a dog on the street and spat on him.