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Third person killed by an elephant in the past month in Chon Buri’s Bo Thong district

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A woman tapping rubber trees was stomped to death by a wild elephant in Chon Buri’s Bo Thong district. She is the third person in the district killed by an elephant in the past month. The wild elephants have been an ongoing problem and district chief Kittipong Kittikul says he’s been trying to control the wild animals in the area.

54 year old Turian Suwanchao went out to the plantation to collect rubber at around 3am this morning with her husband, 56 year old Tian Thongyaem. Tian ran out of the woods at around 5:50am and told the plantation owner, Somjit Haphol, that an elephant attacked his wife. Somjit says he saw a large elephant leaving the plantation and crossing a nearby road.

Turian was dead when police and rescuers arrived. Kittipong says he asked local officials to hunt down the elephant to make sure no one else is attacked.

On October 21, a 30 year old local resident at a Bo Thong rubber plantation died after being attacked by a wild elephant. His body was found at the plantation and elephant tracks and elephant feces were nearby. Just 2 days later, the body of a 52 year old monk was found near a temple in Bo Thong. His body was severely mauled. Elephant tracks and elephant feces were nearby.

Earlier that week, on October 19, a herd of 20 elephants ran across a road in the Bo Thong district and into a forest, causing a driver to crash his pickup truck into a elephant.

A local told Pattaya News that 30 wild elephants live in the area and lately the elephants have been more aggressive.

SOURCES: Bangkok Post | Pattaya News

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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Police hunt armed man who robbed Chon Buri store of 200,000 baht worth of gold

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Police in the city of Laem Chabang, the shipping port in the eastern province of Chon Buri, are hunting a suspect described as “armed and dangerous” following a robbery at a department store. Employees of the ‘Golden 99’ store were threatened at gunpoint before the man made off with gold valued at 200,000 baht. The 3 staff members were left shaken but unhurt.

Police hunt armed man who robbed Chon Buri store of 200,000 baht worth of gold | News by The Thaiger

Police were notified of the robbery yesterday evening and have been examining CCTV footage as part of their investigation. Footage shows the thief threatening employees, then climbing over the counter and taking an amount of gold before running out of the store. The authorities say they already have several leads in their search for the suspect.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Drunk besties turn on each other and sustain injuries in knife fight

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A pair of so-called drunk besties, in the Banglamung district of Chon Buri province, apparently turned on each other after midnight yesterday, with both sustaining knife injuries after an altercation. Rescue workers arrived at a rental room in Khao Maikaew to find the 2 injured men.

48 year old Chaiyaphon Kannarat and 42 year old Apinan Kongprem were taken to the hospital for medical assistance. Banglamung police say they found a kitchen knife about 30 centimetres long and a broken stove that hit during the fight.

There is no word on whether the 2 besties made amends with each other after the altercations.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Teenagers break vending machine by inserting beer bottle tops to pay for coffee

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A group of teenagers in the eastern province of Chon Buri has been caught on CCTV inserting flattened bottle tops into a coffee vending machine, causing it to break. In the footage, 4 teenagers, male and female, can be seen arriving on a motorbike and parking in front of a convenience store in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

They are then seen flattening beer bottle tops and sticking them in a vending machine outside the store. Miraculously, their efforts pay off and the machine dispenses a cup of coffee. The 4 can be seen sharing the hot drink and then driving off. It’s understood the cost of a cup of coffee from the machine is 10 baht.

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The 61 year old store owner first realised there was a problem when a customer told her the vending machine wasn’t working. Shopkeeper Somjit Ketkaew tried to insert a coin and was unable to do so, asking her son to check the CCTV footage. She says she doesn’t recognise any of the teenagers and believes they are not from the area.

The machine was opened up to reveal several objects inside, including flattened bottle tops and round metal objects, including 1 baht coins, although the machine only accepts 10 baht coins.

The former village head, 64 year old Charoen Ketkaew, says the machine was installed using 60,000 baht of village funds. The intention was to give villagers access to decent coffee at a cheap price. As the machine is now out of warranty, he says they have been quoted 8,000 baht to repair it.

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