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According to today's PDN:



Pattaya, September 28 [PDN]: two armed male naval personnel, currently being investigated for previous crimes, were arrested by Pattaya Police, on 27 September 2009, for allegedly robbing a Thai woman and a Canadian male. Both men denied the offence, but police question their innocence, based on their previous criminal records.


At 11.00 pm, on 27 September, Police Lieutenant Colonel Niwat Thani, Pattaya Police Investigator, was notified by the Pattaya City Radio Communication that a woman had been robbed at Soi 7, Pattaya Second Road. The robbers had then apparently fled the crime scene in a red Toyota, with Bangkok number plates, and headed towards the Pattaya Central Road intersection of Pattaya Second Road, near Pattaya Beach Road.


A police team was ordered to close off the area until they found the car, which they were able to do at the Nipa Lodge Three Junction. The police team stopped the car and searched it. The car’s two occupants had in their possession an 11 mm pistol , a magazine containing 14 bullets, 2 woolen hats, presumably used to cover their faces and a wooden stick. The men and their weapons were taken to the police station for questioning.


The two men were identified from their Naval ID cards as Sergeant Major Tanom Poung Kratoke, [33], from Sattahip and Sergeant Apichai Sonplai, [27] from Thayang, Petchaburi Province; both from the same naval division. Checking to see if the men had a criminal history, officials found their criminal records, indicating that Sergeant Major Tanom is out on bail for a robbery case and Sergeant Apichai also out on bail, accused of murder in Petchaburi. both men are contesting their respective cases in court.


During their investigation, the two men attempted to convince the police that as they were government officers belonging to the navy, and hence had no need to rob people. They maintained they carried a gun in order to protect themselves because they had a lot of enemies. The police, however, were highly dubious.


In their evidence, the victims of the robbery, Mrs. Sangwan Sodapim, [31] and Canadian , Mr. Harley Graiffin, [51] told police that a man had snatched her bag and run to a red Toyota car, which was parked on the road with the engine running. Getting in and driving away, the robber had thrown her wallet out of the window as he sped away, but not before the couple had managed to take the car registration number.


Initially, the police charged the two with robbery, Sergeant Apichai being charged with the additional crime of carrying a weapon in public. The two men were sent for further investigation.


Maybe we shouldn't read too much into this as there could be an innocent explanation. Perhaps they were just on their way to a fancy dress party disguised as armed robbers.

When a man is tired of Pattaya, he is tired of life.


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