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Police: Europeans behind nationwide ATM scam

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Police: Europeans behind nationwide ATM scam | The Thaiger

PHUKET: Royal Thai Police believe a group of thieves that have so far stolen more than 12 million baht from ATMs around the country to be Europeans based in Phuket.

Police believe that an ATM located in Wichit was used to perpetrate the nationwide fraud. Royal Thai Police’s General Panya Maman briefed reporters on the extent of the losses while inspecting the ATM.

“Our initial findings point to this ATM being used as a master controller,” Gen Panya told the journalists congregated around him. “We found that this machine linked to and controlled two other ATMs in Surat Thani Province.”

“This group apparently used an electronic card from England to withdraw money from the ATM,” he said. “They appear to have inserted the card and used a loophole in the machines’ network to trick the machine into giving out cash.”

Police stated that they believe the group used this technique to steal 1 million baht from five ATMs in Wichit and Thalang in Phuket. Part of the group then flew to Bangkok and repeatedly exploited machines at Bang Na, Rangsit and the Sukhumvit area. Another group reportedly left Phuket in a rental car and took cash out of ATMs in Chumphon, Prachuap Khiri Khan and Phetchaburi provinces.

Police are collecting evidence on both the vehicles used by the suspects.

“We can see the faces of some of the suspects and have a clear picture of some of their vehicles from CCTV footage but we are hoping to retrieve better images as we continue investigations,” Gen Panya said.

Police also examined two Government Savings Bank ATMs yesterday afternoon; one located in front of J&P Supermart in Mai Khao, the other at the CP Fresh Mart on Sakdidet Road on the way to Cape Panwa in Wichit.

The Nation reported that police suspect at least 21 ATMs were hacked, resulting in more than 12 million baht being stolen. Another 200 ATMs are believed to have been infected.

“We believe there are several suspects involved and that they are European nationals,” Gen Panya said. “They used three vehicles to perpetrate their scams: a white Fortuner, a white Vios, and a white Civic.”

Police believe the scamming started in Phang Nga Province in March this year, where the group allegedly stole 4.5 million baht from ATMs, before making their way to Phuket around mid-July, where the suspects reportedly scammed ATMs at a CP Fresh Mart.

“We would like to urge car renters that may have had a vehicle returned during that time period and have found that their vehicle has driven through one of those provinces via GPS to please come forward,” Gen Panya added.

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Two killed in family road trip to Krabi

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Two killed in family road trip to Krabi | The Thaiger

The family was on its way from Nakhon Phanom to Krabi when the accident occurred at 8.30am on Phetkasem Road in Bang Saphan district.

40 year old Weera Prachi was killed behind the wheel. The impact hurled his 10 year old daughter, Jiraporn Prachi out of the car.

Weera’s wife Orapin Odthon and 13 year old son Danusorn Prachi were in the back seat, sustained injuries and were taken to hospital although their current condition is not known.

Relatives told police Weera was taking the family to visit Krabi. Police suspect he might have fallen asleep at the wheel.

SOURCE: The Thaiger | The Nation

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Man charged over shooting death in Prachuap Khiri Khan, claims it was an accident

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Man charged over shooting death in Prachuap Khiri Khan, claims it was an accident | The Thaiger

A 38 year old Thai man has been arrested and charged over the alleged shooting death of a 9 year old boy and then burying his body in a forest area in Prachuap Khiri Khan’s Hua Hin district.

Third grader Chalermchai Jopratha from Ban Phraek Takhro was reported missing on March 10. He was found yesterday morning in a shallow grave covered with a large rock.

Local man Pramook Khosin was arrested and a hunting rifle and eight bullets seized, according to Nong Pluc superintendent Pol Colonel Chaikorn Sriladecho.

“He has been charged with murder, concealing a body and illegal possession of a hunting rifle and ammunition.”

Pramook told police that he was hunting in the hill area when he shot at the boy who he mistook as a hornbill. He says that when he realised he had shot and killed the boy he dug a shallow grave to hide the body and conceal the crime before returning to work at an ice-selling shop in Pran Buri district.

Chalermchai, one of five children, was a child Muay Thai fighter who joined boxing matches at local events to earn 500 to 1,000 baht prize money to help his poor family.

SOURCE: The Nation

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76 Pangolins intercepted in Prachuap Khiri Khan

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76 Pangolins intercepted in Prachuap Khiri Khan | The Thaiger
by Piyarat Nildee 

Police have seized 76 live pangolins with an estimated street value overseas around 10 million baht from a smuggler in Prachuap Khiri Khan.

45 year old Sompol Mekchai from Ratchaburi was stopped in Sam Roi Yot district early this morning after police suspected he was trying to evade their checkpoint on the Phetchkasem Highway.

Seeing his pickup suddenly swerve onto a canal-side road 300 metres from the blockade, officers chased him, pulled him over and searched the pickup.

The pangolins were bundled up in 18 mesh bags stashed in the cargo bed beneath planks of wood and other construction materials.

Police claim Sompol confessed to having smuggled live pangolins three times before. He says he was paid 8,000 baht each time. But, as usual, he was unable identify his employer, having received his orders by phone.

He told police that pickups, already carrying the animals, were always left at a designated location for him to use. This time he collected the truck in Muang Prachuap Khiri Khan and was heading for Pathum Thani,.

Sompol has been charged with possessing protected wild animals without a permit.

SOURCE: The Nation

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