A Japanese tourist, wanted in Japan for a fraud case worth over 20 million yen (4.8 million baht), was arrested in Pattaya on Tuesday, September 12th, after stealing a cop car in Bangkok.
The tourist, Mr. Yuki Yagi, 35, was cornered by Pattaya Police in a rental room on the fifth floor of a hotel in Central Pattaya, Banglamung district, Chonburi Province. The name of the hotel was not identified by police.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Thanit Thaiwatcharamat, the Commander-in-Chief of the Immigration Bureau, told local media that Mr. Yuki was wanted in his home country for his alleged involvement in an embezzlement case, with financial damages totaling over 20 million yen or around 4.8 million baht.
After coordinating with the Japanese Embassy, the police apprehended Mr. Yuki in Bangkok on September 7th and escorted him to the Ratchada Criminal Court for legal proceedings. However, upon arriving at the Suan Phlu Immigration Office after leaving the court, the man persuaded the officer driving the car to fetch a wheelchair for him, claiming he was experiencing leg pain and couldn’t walk.
Upon further inspection, it was found that Mr. Yuki had also overstayed his visa for an unreported period of time. He is in Pattaya Police custody at the moment and will later be extradited from the country after facing any charges in Thailand related to his escape from custody.