An Indian tourist has told police and media that he had a wallet with 12,000 baht in cash and a credit card pickpocketed by two transgender individuals.
Mr. Vishal Vajbhaw, a 33-year-old Indian tourist, reported his plight to Pol. Capt. Chanan Kesornbua at the Pattaya Police Station around 1:00 AM today, August 31st, regarding his stolen cash and credit card.
According to him, he was walking down Walking Street in South Pattaya around midnight to relax and enjoy people watching when what he explained as two transgender individuals approached him and tried to offer him companionship.
Mr. Vishal carried on that the two persistently tried to seduce and hug him despite his repeated objections. They both also followed him down Walking Street before one of them asked him for a small amount of money, to which he agreed out of annoyance.
However, when Mr. Vishal reached into his pocket, he found that his wallet, which he said contained 12,000 baht in cash and a credit card had disappeared. Seeing so, the two individuals immediately dispersed and vanished even though Mr. Vishal already tried to catch them, leading to his report to Pattaya police today.
Pol. Capt. Chanan said that he would have the investigation unit check the crime scene and CCTV footage to find the two suspects. Also, the police strongly warned tourists to refrain from wearing any expensive jewelry, carrying large amounts of cash, or wearing gold necklaces as these items were being targeted by a group of pickpocketers in the Pattaya areas.
TPN noted that this is the 12th pickpocketing incident against tourists, mostly Indians, following a previous one that involved 17,000 baht cash being stolen from an Indian tourist a while ago.
There have been arrests, including this most recent one, and Pattaya police state they will continue to search for and arrest the suspects.
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