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Bag-snatching gang arrested

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PHUKET TOWN: Nine suspects, including five teenagers, were arrested yesterday for their alleged involvement in a series of bag snatchings, following a five-week police investigation into their activities. Police say that all of the suspects have admitted to being party to a number of snatchings in and around Phuket Town. The first case, on March 25 at around 7:45 pm, happened while Kalaya Sameupark was riding her motorbike in front of the Yada Dental Clinic on Hongsyok-U-Thit Rd. A boy on a motorbike drove up alongside her, grabbed her purse and fled. The bag held her mobile phone and personal documents. Police, continuing their investigation into the incident, found on Tuesday that K. Kalaya’s mobile phone was still in use. Further investigation traced the user to 17-year-old “Jeed”. Police invited Jeed and her father, 36-year-old Pairoj, to make a statement at the Phuket Town Police Station. Jeed confessed that she had been given the mobile phone by her boyfriend, 18-year-old Rangsit Tongjankaew. Pairoj admitted to knowing that the phone had been stolen, police say. The police found Rangsit in a rented house behind Surakul Stadium, along with 16-year-old “Bow”, 15-year-old “Tee”, and 16 year-old “Tongchai”. All were brought in for questioning. Rangsit admitted to police that he carried out the March 25 snatching, and also confessed to two robberies on March 27, two in April, and one last Friday. He told police that on March 27 at about 6 pm, he and Bow snatched a mobile phone and a bag from a woman riding alone on her motorbike near Soi Kong Pram, Chao Fa East Rd Later that evening, Rangsit told police, he carried out another robbery with Bow, at the intersection in front of the Thainaan Restaurant. He admitted to stealing a bag and two mobile phones, one of which was given to 28-year-old Somsak Saeong. Rangsit said he snatched another bag on April 1 with Bow and got a mobile phone, which he sold to 17-year-old “Ruj”. Rangsit and Bow both confessed to another theft on April 7, when they stole a mobile phone and a bag. The phone was sold to a boy named “Dum”. Rangsit and Bow also confessed to snatching a bag on May 3 on Bangkok Rd in Phuket Town, and to giving the victim’s mobile phone to 18-year-old Suratree Ritthidej. Meanwhile, Tee and Tongchai both confessed to riding together and snatching a bag in the Thungtong area. Yesterday, victims of all of the robberies went to Phuket Town Police station to identify the suspects and claim their possessions. Rangsit, Bow, Tee and Tongchai were all identified by the victims they had allegedly stolen from. Police charged Jeed, Rangsit, Bow, Tee and Tongchai for committing theft by snatching and using a vehicle to do the illegal act, and receiving stolen property. Suratree, Ruj, Somsak and Pairoj were each charged with receiving stolen property. The five minors were sent to Juvenile Observation and Protection Center (JOPC) while the four adults are being held at the Phuket Town Police Station awaiting court appearances. Police say are still searching for more suspects, including Dum, who they believe has gone to Chiang Mai.



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Phuket tourist decides hotel awning more comfortable than his room

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PHOTOS: Rawai Rescue workers / Phuket Tourist Police

The Phuket Tourist Police have been notified that a tourist had jumped from a building in Rawai and ended up on a steel awning covering the bottom floor today. But that wasn’t, in fact, what had happened.

The local Tourist Police say the owner of the building told staff at the Tourist Assistance Centre that the tourist had checked into the room on February 13.

The tourist didn’t actually jump down from the building but had moved a mattress from his room on to the awning and slept on it (mosquitos!!) He was also drunk and damaged some property inside the room.

The man is a 37 year old Estonian tourist. He was staying at the room with a 25 year old male friend.

Chalong Police have charged them both with being drunk and damaging property. They have said that they will pay for all damages to the owner of the property. They are heading back home on February 26.

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Patong motorbike racer arrested and fined – VIDEO

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Patong Police yesterday arrested a motorbike racer after identifying him and his motorbike from video clips that were popular in social media this week.

Patong Police are investigating alleged foreign motorbike racing gangs in Patong after video clips went viral in local social media.

Read more about the racing around Patong’s streets HERE.

Patong Police report that they have now arrested one motorbike racer and charged him with the maximum fine.

Patong Police are also asking motorbike rental operators to explain basic traffic rules for motorbike drivers who want to rent a motorbike.

(The Thaiger is assuming this would be covered when they get their motorbike license, which they are required to have before a motorbike is rented to them.)

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500 free helmets handed out to motorbike drivers in Patong

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Patong Development Foundation together with Patong Police and Patong Municipality have given 500 helmets to motorbike drivers in Patong today under the campaign ‘Wear your helmet’.

Handing out the 500 helmets to motorbike user in Patong was led by Patong Police Chief Col Anothai Jindamanee, Patong Municipality Chalermluck Kebsup and President of Patong Development Foundation Preechawut ‘Prap’ Keesin.

Col Anothai says, “Many motorbike drivers have been injured and died in road accident. We want 100 percent of motorbike drivers and passengers wearing helmets. ”

“More motorbike riders are now wearing helmets as the number of not wearing helmet charges has been dropping in Patong with better enforcement.”

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