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Tip of the day: Don’t go out in Pattaya wearing gold, as yet another foreign tourist is robbed

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PATTAYA:-- Another foreign tourist has been robbed in the latest of a spate of necklace snatches to hit the popular resort.

 

In the early hours of Saturday morning, Mr Lee Youngwon, 41, had his gold necklace snatched from around his neck in the Nong Prue area of Pattaya.

 

The robbery happened on Soi Nernplubwan close to Tesco Lotus at around 2.30am.

 

Mr Lee told police how he was walking with friends when he was approached from behind by a man wearing black clothes and a motorcycle helmet. Before he could react the man had already grabbed Mr Lee’s gold necklace from around his neck before escaping on a motorbike.

 

Mr Lee was unable to provide police with a description of the motorbike or its vehicle registration number.

 

Mr Lee told police his gold chain was worth in the region 70,000 baht.

 

Police have said they are studying CCTV footage to try and identify the suspect.

 

This is third such robbery to take place in Pattaya this week alone.

 

In the early hours of last Saturday (Jan 28) a Korean doctor was robbed of a gold necklace worth a reported 150,000 baht.

 

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Dr Chang talking with police.

 

Following the incident, which happened on Soi Petchtrakun, Dr Chang said: “Before I came on holiday I heard there were cases like this happening every day in Pattaya, so I took care. But I never really thought it would happen to me.

 

“It is sad that Pattaya is so dangerous for visitors. The police need to do something about it”.

 

On the same day, another Korean tourist was relieved of a gold chain worth 90,000 baht after it was snatched by a motorbike rider on Soi Paniat Chang.

 

On Friday, a woman from Finland who had only arrived in Pattaya hours earlier was robbed of two gold chains she was wearing. Witnesses reported seeing a person on a motocycle approach the woman at Wat Bun Kanchana Road before snatching the chains.

 

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The incident left the woman with lacerations to her neck. The chains were worth an estimated 50,000 baht. Thai media later reported a motorcycle taxi driver had been arrested for carrying out the robbery.

 

On January 26, a Chinese tourist was robbed of his 40,000 baht gold chain in the Soi Naklua area of Banglamung.

 

Earlier that month (Jan 9) a twenty five year old Chinese man had his 6 baht gold chain worth 120,000 baht stolen by a thief on a motorcycle.

 

On January 14, a British man and his wife managed to fight off a mugger on Pattaya 3rd road, who attempted to snatch the man’s 5 baht gold chain worth 100,000 baht.

 

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The attempted robbery happened as Mr Nigel Connole, 47, [name transliterated] was out shopping with his wife.

 

Mr Connole managed to fight off the mugger who only managed to escape with one half of the gold chain.


From reports in Thai media, it is not clear if police in Pattaya are linking any of the incidents above.

 

 
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43 minutes ago, Thaiwrath said:

Full stop.

Not even an average of 1 incident per day at the height of high season. For a city of this size with so many visitors here as well, some posters are making a mountain out of a molehill. It's not a crime wave, it's barely a ripple. I sympathise with the victims but a lack of forewarning combined with their own poor judgement contribute to the problem.

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I live in the relatively safe city of Chiang Mai and even here I would not wear jewellery worth thousands of bahts, or in fact anywhere these days. I would not carry lots of cash with me either.

 

Last month my cousin in London had an expensive necklace ripped off his neck by 3 black men on the London tube, all happened during the daytime and even with CCT the thieves still have not been caught. Be safe and leave valuables at home when going out, no matter where you are.

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It's not just gold their after, had 2 of my friends mugged for their spare cash within a week of each other. One ended up in ICU for several days, the other was a bit more lucky only multiple cuts and bruises. Cowboy town rings a bell.

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WELL! congratulations Thai Visa! better late than never for your Tip of the day. this snatch and grab has been going on so long it is ancient history, seems that most tourist seasons this happens far more often then it is reported. 

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20 minutes ago, champers said:

Not even an average of 1 incident per day at the height of high season. For a city of this size with so many visitors here as well, some posters are making a mountain out of a molehill. It's not a crime wave, it's barely a ripple. I sympathise with the victims but a lack of forewarning combined with their own poor judgement contribute to the problem.

some posters -  Apart from the news item itself yours was the second post

Lack of forewarning and poor judgement - So you're blaming  the authorities and victims. What's with the perpetrators, wrong place at the wrong time?

You need to be on the receiving end a few times

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In Pattaya it seems most of these gold jewellery robberies happen in the early hours of the morning, around 2-3AM. Clearly this is not the time to show off your gold.

Beat me to it, seems like the thieves figure that by this time of night the victims will be oiled up enough not put up much of a struggle !!


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