A Thai tourist from Bangkok was allegedly pickpocketed during a Songkran water splash event on Pattaya Walking Street, leading to Pattaya police to issue a warning to tourists.
Pattaya City Law Enforcement was notified from Mr. Chinnawut Lahoong, 25, on Friday night (April 14th) that he had been pickpocketed. He told officers that his wallet has been stolen while he was enjoying water splashing events on Pattaya Walking Street.
Mr. Chinnawut told the Pattaya News team “I traveled from Bangkok to join the water splash events on Walking Street. While I was walking, I stopped to buy a water gun. There were many people around me and I later found out that my wallet was gone when I went to pay for the water gun. Inside my wallet was about 3,000 baht in cash and various ATM cards. I believe I was pickpocketed.”
Mr. Chinnawut has filed a report to the Pattaya City Police and they are checking CCTV footage.
Pattaya City Police are warning people to be more careful with their belongings. Pickpocketing is common during major Songkran events and according to law enforcement thieves especially like to target waterproof bags loosely hung around a waist or sticking out of a pocket.
Pattaya police suggest water proof bags be worn around the neck with a firm strap and carried inside of one”s clothing, not on the outside. They also warn people not to display valuables or expensive jewelry.
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