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22 Russians detained in Pattaya and Phuket police concerned that crimes committed by foreigners are on the increase

In Pattaya the DSI (Department of Special Investigations) led a raid on a health and beauty centre in Jomtien yesterday afternoon to look for unlicensed imported goods, illegal goods and illegal foreign workers.

The Department of Labor, Customs and Excise, the Provincial Health Department, Consumer Protection Department and the Pattaya Tourist Police joined in on the raid.

A team of over fifty officers raided the Vitamax shopping center in Soi Watboon on a warrant issued by the Pattaya Provincial Court and seized more than one hundred million baht’s worth of health and beauty products deemed to have been imported illegally and without the proper licenses from the Food and Drug Administration Department of Thailand.

crime thailandMr. Yosawat, 56 and Mr. Patanan, 30, the centers managers were both arrested along with twenty two Russian tour guides and four Cambodians who did not have work permits.

In Phuket Pol Col Peerayuth Garajedi, the deputy police commander said that there is an increasing number of foreigners arriving on the island posing as tourist but with the intent to commit crimes. He spoke at a meeting on Friday to brief banks and gold shops on how they can increase security in their stores. The meeting was called following two ATM robberies at the beginning of December, one at Boat Lagoon and the other in Patong. The robberies were carried out by two Vietnamese and the other by two Colombians and a Mexican.

Pol Col Peerayuth said that ATMs should not be installed in quiet, dark areas, and any bushes or trees surrounding them should be trimmed back. Banks should install ATM machines that are refilled from the front, not the back because many criminals have got to the machines by  breaking into the small rooms to the rear which are hidden from view. He has also suggested that gold shops install grills on the display cabinets and operate remotely controlled door locks and install alarm sirens.



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