Police hunt for fake government officials after robbery in Pattaya

Police have arrested three of the suspects so far, photo by Daily News.

Police are on the hunt for three fake government officials after a robbery in Pattaya last week. The victim, 37 year old Prasit, claimed that on February 7, a group of people wearing what appeared to be government officials’ jackets broke into his house in Bang Lamung’s Naklue sub-district.

Prasit said the suspects accused him of being a motorcycle thief, and robbed 8,000 baht from him. He said they then hit him in the head with a stick, causing him a head injury.

The Pattaya News reported yesterday that Bang Lamung Police had arrested three of the suspects. The arrested men have so far only been identified as ‘A,’ Roongrote, and Piya. A is 16 years old, while Roongrote and Piya’s ages were not reported. The three have been charged with robbery using weapons.

Meanwhile, police are still searching for another three suspects involved in the robbery. The police are also waiting for arrest warrants from the Pattaya Provincial Court to apprehend the remaining three suspects.

According to Chon Buri Police chief Pol. Maj. Gen. Kampol Leelapraphorn, the six suspects split the money after the robbery. The three arrested individuals were responsible for hitting the victim and driving the getaway vehicle.

Last year, there was another violent robbery in Pattaya.

In December, police arrested seven Thai men over the robbery of a Chinese man and his Thai wife’s house in Pattaya. The robbery occurred on the night of December 11 at the couple’s house in Land and House Village in Pattaya’s Bang Lamung district. Nine burglars broke into the house and tied up the hands and feet of the Chinese man and his wife and seized their mobile phones.

The assailants attacked the Chinese man until he revealed the password to his safe. The thieves took 700,000 baht in cash, 210,000 baht’s worth of gold necklaces and an 11-calibre pistol and fled the property.

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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