Thief Strikes Pattaya Business Twice in August After Making Off with One Million Baht Worth of Valuables

Pattaya —

A bar & restaurant venue on Pattaya Third Road fell victim to the same thief twice in August after losing over one million baht worth of valuables in the first break-in.

A video version of this report can be found here.

The second break-in against the Bali Lounge Bar & Restaurant took place at 6 PM Wednesday, August 23rd, 2023. Mr. Worawut, 32, an eyewitness to the incident, told The Pattaya News that he heard strange noises coming from the venue before noticing a suspicious-looking man inside.

Intrigued, Mr. Worawut, who asked to keep his full name confidential, approached the man and asked what he was doing. The man in question replied that he had come to clean the air conditioner at the venue. However, luckily Mr. Worawut remained skeptical about the man’s suspicious demeanor, so he decided to contact the venue owner and thereafter called the police.

Officers from the Pattaya Police Station rushed to the Bali Lounge Bar & Restaurant, located on Pattaya Third Road in the Nongprue area of Banglamung district, Chonburi. The venue owner, Mr. Nonmetha Photisin, 42, was already waiting outside his restaurant for the police.

Mr. Nonmetha stated that the thief was hiding inside the establishment. However, after storming the place, the police only found bottles of foreign liquor, air conditioning units, and several other items scattered on the floor, seemingly prepared for transportation, but no suspect. They believed that the suspect had fled after being seen by an eyewitness.

Upon interviewing Mr. Nonmetha, he revealed that the perpetrator of the incident was likely the same individual as the previous break-in. This man had stolen various items from Mr. Nonmetha’s restaurant back on August 19th, 2023, including approximately 40 bottles of foreign liquor, electrical appliances, a computer, an air conditioner, and a water pump. The financial damage totaled over one million baht, based on Mr. Nonmetha’s statement. Mr. Nonmetha hopes police are able to capture the suspect as soon as possible.

Pattaya police were reviewing CCTV footage inside the venue to identify the culprit. It was unclear if the thief left empty-handed in this latest incident or if anything was missing.

The Pattaya News notes that the venue had been temporarily closed for some time at the owner’s discretion but still had significant assets on location at the business.

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Aim Tanakorn
The local news translator at The Pattaya News. Aim is a twenty-four year old who currently lives in Bangkok. Interested in English translation, story-telling, and entrepreneurship, he believes that hard-working is an indispensable component of every success in this world.