A gang of prolific motorbike thieves was arrested at a condominium in Pattaya yesterday (June 10th). Pattaya Police told local media the total cost in damages in terms of stolen motorbikes was over a million baht (Over $30,000 USD).
A team from the Pattaya City police led by Deputy Chief Lieutenant Colonel Padung Duksukkaew arrested three suspects who were named as Mr. Thanadon Poonngew, 23, Mr. Nattwut Paranat, 23, and Mr. Apichart Boonkam, 22 at a condominium in Jomtien yesterday afternoon, June 10th.
Lieutenant Colonel Padung told Pattaya News reporters “The arrest came after police had received many reports regarding stolen motorbikes in Pattaya and the nearby area. Pattaya Police conducted a detailed investigation and arrested three prime suspects based on CCTV evidence and testimony from witnesses.”
“Many motorbike parts were found in a room at the condominium where the three suspects were arrested and at a motorbike shop in Huayyai associated with the suspects.” Lt. Col Padung continued.
“The three suspects admitted to stealing motorbikes in the Pattaya area but they claimed they could not remember how many motorbikes they had stolen in total. The parts found in the suspect’s condominium were reportedly taken from the motorbikes to be sold at local shops and online.” Lt. Col Padung added.
“The three suspects also stated they dumped the majority of the motorbikes into local reservoirs hoping police would not find them.” Lt. Col. Padung stated.
“The total cost of damages is estimated at more than a million baht. They are facing multiple charges of theft in relation to the incidents.” Lt. Col Padung concluded.
Today, (June 11th), Pattaya police collected multiple dumped parts of stolen motorbikes in the Nong Chak Nonk Reservoir following directions given to them by the three suspects.
It took more than an hour to pull up just over 50 motorbike structures from the water. Pattaya Police stated it will be nearly impossible to identify individual motorbikes but are asking those concerned parties who may have had a recently unsolved motorbike theft to file a report at the Pattaya Police station on Soi 9 in person during business hours.
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