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Bold trio rob tourists of 200,000 baht

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PHUKET TOWN: A couple on vacation in Phuket had cash and belongings worth about 200,000 baht stolen from their car yesterday afternoon by a gang who distracted their attention while their possessions were taken. Luckana “Ann” Polthep, 26, from Nonthaburi, came to Phuket on vacation with her foreign boyfriend. The couple, who were staying in Patong, withdrew 60,000 baht from the Krung Thai Bank branch on Phang Nga Rd, Phuket Town, yesterday afternoon. K Ann said that, after withdrawing the cash, they planned to drive around Phuket Town. When they stopped their pick-up truck at a red light at the intersection of Thepkrasattri Rd and Damrong Rd, near Satree Phuket School, two Thai women on a motorbike tapped on the window and told them they had a flat tire, then pointed to a nearby repair shop. “We looked at the tire. It seemed like it had gone flat just moments before. We decided not to follow their directions to the repair shop but went instead to a car showroom on Thepkrasattri Rd where I knew someone,” K Ann said. At the showroom, the couple got out of the car to look at the tire, which appeared to have been slashed with a knife. Their friend at the showroom noticed a good-looking man, possibly from the Mediterranean, standing and watching what they were doing. “The showroom employee said later that he thought the man had come with us. Another employee saw him open the door of the car and then walk toward the toilets,” K. Ann told the Gazette. ” I didn’t know anything was wrong until the repair was completed and I went to pay for it and found my handbag was gone.” In the bag was the 60,000 baht in cash, a video camera, a conventional camera, a mobile phone, credit cards and personal documents. By this time both the man and the two women on the bike were already long gone. “The thief was about 40 years old, and was dressed in a white shirt and shorts. He smiled at me but I didn’t see him holding my bag. He was a handsome guy with beautiful skin; any woman looking at him would go crazy,” K Ann said. After discovering the theft, K. Ann and her boyfriend contacted Krung Thai Bank and asked to look at videotapes from the bank’s security system. On the tapes they saw the thief talking into a mobile phone. Bank staff said that he was not employed at the bank, and had transacted no business in the branch. “Last night the police contacted me to tell me that a credit card and our passports had been found at the bottom of Toh Sae Hill, near the Provincial Hall. “We want to warn people who withdraw a lot of money from a bank to be very careful about who is watching them, and to try to remember the faces of people around them,” K. Ann added.



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Mariam the young Krabi dugong dies

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The Phuket Marine Biological Centre has announced the sad news about the special young dugong ‘Mariam’, who was found in Krabi back on April 26.

Young Mariam died earlier today.

The centre posted on its official Facebook page that the vet team found that she’d stopped breathing and her pulse had stopped as well, so they brought her out of the water to try and stimulate breathing.

Initially, they found that she was still responding from her eyes so they return her back to the pond. After checking the pulse, they found that it stopped again so they used some veterinary medications to keep her alive and pulled her out of the water for a second time.

She was pronounced dead at midnight today.

In a post mortem the vets found that Mariam had consumed a quantity of plastic that may have been previously undetectable.

“Rest in peace Mariam, our little angel,” says the PMBC post.

Read some more about Mariam HERE.

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Government MP receives death threats after exposing illegal condo project in Phuket

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PHOTO: Sira Jenjaka MP, says he has received death threats

A government MP for Bangkok says he has received death threats for revealing a Phuket condo project that allegedly sits on land without the proper documentation. The project, at this stage, remains un-named.

Sira Jenjaka is an MP with the ruling Palang Pracharat Party and claims that two people had already died as a result of revealing the problems with the project.

He alleges the land documents had been revoked by the Administrative court in the past and says he will petition the Justice Ministry to have the project probed by the DSI (Department of Special Investigation).

Mr Sira says the un-named condo project, located in Tambon Karon (below), occupies land where the Nor Sor 3 Kor land ownership papers were revoked by the Administrative Court. He has alleged that the project is owned by a “retired high-ranking policeman”.

“If government officials were found to be involved in the alleged malpractice, the state could be sued for damages worth billions of baht”, according to a quote in the Bangkok Post.

He said that the potential buyers of the condominium apartments are mostly foreigners.

Mr Sirat said he planned to ask the Phuket governor to suspend the local mayor for alleged negligence in connection with the condominium project. He will also speak to the Phuket governor suspend construction of the project and cancel any contractor’s licences.

The MP says that some state officials may have their authority and been complicit in the approval of the Nor Sor 3 Kor document.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Turtle rescued on Nai Harn Beach, Phuket

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PHOTO: Aroon Solos

Today (August 15) at about 1pm, the lifeguard team at Nai Harn Beach rescued a small turtle, which had become stuck in a fertiliser sack.

They found the turtle washed up ashore with the sack wrapped up around its neck. They tried to carefully remove the sack from the turtle’s neck but found that the turtle had been injured around the neck so they contacted the Phuket Marine Biological Centre to take the turtle back to the centre for further examination and treatment.

Well done to the lifesavers at Nai Harn.

VIDEO: Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos

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