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Two suspects in custody after Surat Thani police officer killed during drug sting

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PHOTO: The car that ran over Pol Sen Sgt Maj Poonkrit Buakaeo was found on Friday morning – Supapong Chaolan

The body of a police officer, killed on duty during a drug sting in Surat Thani on Thursday evening, was repatriated to his home province of Nakhon Si Thammarat for religious ceremonies yesterday.

Meanwhile two suspects accused of killing the officer have surrendered to police in Phrasaeng district, in the west of Surat Thani province.

24 year old Surachate Wanluea handed himself in to the chief of the Phrasaeng district police station on Friday. He was escorted by his relatives when reporting to the police station.

The second suspect, 28 year old Wanchai Chainarong, turned himself into police on the same day. He was the nephew of a former village headman Charoen Muenintor who contacted the Surat Thani police to discus the surrender of Wanchai.

The surrenders follow a lot of publicity over the killing of the policemen and an urgent hunt for the two suspects.

The incident happened on Thursday night near the Ban Pak Suad around 9pm. Plainclothes police had set up a sting to take delivery of drugs from traffickers who arrived at the arranged location in a Honda sedan.

As police were moving in for an arrest, the driver of the sedan started shooting at the plainclothes police officers. 46 year old Pol Sen Sgt Maj Poonkrit Buakaeo was shot and fell to the ground.

The driver of the car, alleged to be Surachate Wanlue, drove his car over the policeman on the ground before fleeing the scene with Wanchai. Their car was located in scrub along a roadside about three kilometres from the crime scene on Friday morning.

Surachate has denied firing shots at the police but admits he accidentally drove his car over one of the officers as he tried to escape.

The slain policeman and his wife had two sons. The Royal Thai Police have already donated 375,000 baht to the dead officer’s children. They’ve also announced that they will pay 2.5 million baht to the officer’s family, and to posthumously promote Pol Sen Sgt Maj Poonkrit to the rank of police major.

Pol Sen Sgt Maj Poonkrit Buakaeo’s father, a former police officer, also died on duty before Poonkrit and his twin brother were born.

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Now you see him, now you don’t… Patong Police hunt foreigner over $30k theft

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Now you see him, now you don’t… Patong Police hunt foreigner over $30k theft | The Thaiger

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Patong Police have yet to develop any tangible leads tracking down a foreigner who made off with US$30,000 in cash from a currency exchange booth in Kalim, north of Patong in Phuket, last Tuesday.

The man is about 168 centimetres tall with grey hair and around 60 years old, Patong police told The Phuket News.

“We have no clue what nationality he is.”

He was last seen at the currency exchange booth wearing a purple polo shirt, blue jeans and black cap. Police have checked hotels in the area, police stations across the island and Phuket Immigration, but have yet to join the dots and come up with firm leads.

“Investigators have checked CCTV in the area and collected what evidence we have but we still do not know the man’s name or where he was staying.”

The man had visited the booth several times before Tuesday, when he disappeared with the $30,000 in US banknotes, according to police.

“It was always small amounts”, he added, noting that the amounts didn’t warrant staff at the exchange booth to check the man’s passport before making the exchange.

The man arrived at the booth again at about 1pm on Tuesday, saying that he had 900,000 baht cash to exchange.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room

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The security guard of a hotel in Nai Yang, northern Phuket, 52 year old Yingyot Butsabong, from Maha Sarakham province, was found dead yesterday (October 16) in his room. Police remain mystified how the man came to grief.

A woman named Supattra received a call from the hotel he worked at and was informed that he didn’t show up at work yesterday, so she went to his apartment to check on him.

She saw that his room was locked from the inside, so used the key she had in her possession to open the room and found Yingyot laying on the floor, face down. She thought he was just sleeping so she tried to wake him up but once she flipped him, she found that he already passed away.

She immediately called Saku police, and once on the scene, police found that there was some blood on the floor. The man had a 2 centimetre wound on his left eyebrow which was deep into his skull. There was also a wound on his chin about 1 centimetre long and about a centimetre deep. His left eye had a bruise which looked like he was attacked by a hard object.

Police report that he had been dead for around four hours in the room.

The room was not ransacked and there was no sign of fighting or theft. His body has been sent to Thalang Hospital for a detailed autopsy and to look into the cause of death.

SOURCE: Phuket Hot News

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Drug dealer on the run for 20 years arrested by Thai immigration

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PHOTO: The new biometrics working at Phuket international Airport – The Thaiger

A female drug dealer who evaded capture for almost 20 years has been nabbed after a spate of recent arrests carried out by Thai immigration police. Thai Residents reports that the criminal court issued an arrest warrant for the woman, Chatamach, back in 2000, for possession of methamphetamine pills with intent to supply.

While on bail, she absconded and flew to Australia, where she was reportedly known as Miss Wang. Chatamach managed to remain in the country long enough to gain Australian citizenship.

This month, Thai immigration’s biometric system showed that Chatamach had recently re-entered the country, leading to her being tracked down and arrested. Immigration police have also arrested ten foreigners suspected of various crimes using the new biometrics systems at airports.

Two Nigerian men were charged with illegally entering Thailand and are suspected to have ties with a gang responsible for a romance scam operation carried out over a two year period that netted over 2 million baht.

A Russian man linked to a fraud case in his home country has been arrested in Chonburi province. It’s understood the man is wanted for a construction scam in Russia costing over 20 million baht.

Also arrested were seven foreign women accused of involvement in prostitution in Pattaya’s Walking Street.

Thai Residents reports that three of the women are Egyptian, two are from Uzbekistan and three others are from Uganda.

SOURCE: INN News | Thai Residents

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