Pattaya Police yesterday arrested a Thai woman for stealing a motorcycle from a foreigner in Pattaya. The opportunist thief grabbed the chance to steal the motorbike while the foreign man parked his motorcycle to vomit on the roadside.
The 38 year old man named Fiorenzo Cardinali filed a complaint with Pattaya Police after discovering his Yamaha Grand Filano motorcycle had been stolen. Cardinali claimed that he was drunk at the time and parked his vehicle along Jomtien Sai Song Road to vomit on the roadside at 6am on Saturday, February 25. He admitted to leaving the key in the ignition and the engine running while he was being sick.
While Cardinali was vomiting, two individuals took advantage of the situation and drove off on the motorcycle. The incident was captured on CCTV cameras along the road, which eventually led the authorities to identify the culprits.
One suspect, identified as 39 year old Sakorn “Ohh” Phumcharoen, was arrested yesterday at her condominium in the Thep Prasit neighbourhood of Pattaya. Ohh admitted to her action and claimed that she stole the motorcycle for personal use. The motorcycle was found and confiscated by the authorities
The identity of the other suspect, who is still at large, has not been disclosed in the report.
The charge issued against Ohh has not been reported by Pattaya Police. However, her action was deemed as snatching, which could result in a possible charge under Section 336 of the Criminal Law: whoever snatches another person’s assets shall be punished with up to five years in prison and a fine of up to 100,000 baht.
Last week, Pattaya Police arrested 15 suspects aged between 15 and 40 years old for stealing motorcycles and selling them to motorcycle smuggling gangs. The arrest was made after five motorcycles were spotted to be hidden in the forest of the Takhian Tia sub-district in the city.
During the same week, four police officers, one Thai man, and two Cambodian men were arrested in the southeastern province of Trat for smuggling six motorcycles into a neighbouring country.
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