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Police warn about the dangers of visiting Thailand, directly contradicting Tourism Minister

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Following the claim of Thailand’s Tourism Minister earlier this week that Thailand is “a completely safe environment”, a spokesman for the Royal Thai Police appears to have directly contradicted that statement.

Pol Col Krissana Patanacharoen is warning tourists and business visitors about the dangers of Thailand, after a taxi driver allegedly robbed a Chinese tourist of millions of baht worth of valuables.

It’s reported that the Chinese man was drunk getting into the cab and asked to be taken to a condo building in Ekkamai Soi 30. He subsequently fell asleep on the journey and woke to find himself lying in Ekkamai Soi 12 – and missing personal items valued at more than 3.6 million baht.

The man filed a theft report at Klong Tan police station although there are no details available on the nature of the missing items. Police have spoken to possible witnesses in several locations, as well as checking CCTV cameras in an attempt to identify the taxi driver in question.

Pol Col Krissana claims these crimes are a regular occurrence and warns people to be careful, particularly when going out drinking. He also asks for taxi drivers to cooperate and show themselves to be good hosts for visitors to Thailand.

His statement appears to be a direct contraction of the words spoken by the Minister for Tourism while attending a world class snooker tournament on Monday.

“We have relied heavily on sports to convey to the international tourists that Thailand has always been one of the leading tourist destinations in the world with a beautiful heritage, friendly people and a completely safe environment.”

SOURCE: ThaiVisa

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Armed men allegedly steal more than 100,000 baht from Ayutthaya monk

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Police are searching for men who allegedly robbed a monk at an Ayutthaya temple, taking off with more than 100,000 baht in cash. Thai media reports that 2 of the men have been arrested and police are still searching for the other 2 men.

The monk was in his room at the Dokmai Buddhist Temple when he heard dogs barking. The monk says he opened his door to see what was going on outside. Just as he was closing the door, 4 men wearing hoods and holding guns and knives forced their way inside his room, the monk says. They allegedly took around 120,000 to 130,000 baht in cash. The money had been given to the monk to organise a ceremony to make merit.

One of them dropped their helmet as they were running out of the temple. Police say they will try to track down the owner of the helmet. Police are still investigating.

SOURCES: Thai Residents| News Channel 7

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Woman allegedly shot husband until gun ran out of bullets

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A woman allegedly shot her husband multiple times until her gun ran out of bullets, killing him. When police arrived, 33 year old Julalak Longlalerng had a gun in her hand and was holding her 11 month old child. She told police the baby was not near the shooting.

The husband’s body was found outside the house in Trang. Police say 43 year old Jaruek Burapha had 5 gunshot wounds in the back and 1 shot in the abdomen.

Julalak claims her husband was an alcoholic and was abusive. The couple frequently fought, but she says today he was more aggressive than normal. He smashed the door and the glass windows. She told police she then pointed a gun at him. She then shot him 6 times as he ran out of the house, according to the police report.

Police charged Julalak with murder, but according to the Nation Thailand, the charges may change after interrogation.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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240 kilograms of marijuana found in truck after police chase, driver still on the run

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Border patrol officers chased a pickup truck and seized 240 kilograms of marijuana they say was smuggled across the Thai-Laos border. In the chase, the driver allegedly drove into oncoming traffic, hitting another car before ditching his vehicle and running off.

Officers say they believe the marijuana was smuggled across the Mekong River from Laos and then it was piled in the truck at the border province Nong Khai. After receiving a tip about a truck smuggling marijuana in the Nong Khai province, officers caught up with the truck in Mukdahan.

When officers followed the bronze Toyota pickup truck, the truck suddenly swerved across the median and drove against the flow of traffic before colliding with an oncoming car. The driver then got out of the truck and ran off. Police say there were no injuries.

Officers searched the truck and found 240 bars of dried marijuana. Each compressed bar weighed 1 kilogram. The truck was also confiscated by the customs office. Police are still investigating. The driver has not been found.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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