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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai – ‘foreigner’ Mountain Bike Bank Robber

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Via: Pattaya Daily News

A man used a fake bomb to rob a bank located inside a Big C department store and fled with 23,510THB ($747 USD) on his mountain bike.

At the  scene  police found the bank officers and many people standing outside the bank as the robber had left a brown bag on counter No 3 which he said contained a bomb.  The  police cornered off the area and moved on lookers  a as far away as possible. Police officers then moved in to remove the brown bag to a safe location so they could inspect it. The bag was carefully moved and placed in the car park. Upon opening the the bag officers found a M150 energy drink bottle tied to a paper box using black adhesive tape.

Ms. Arthittaya Phahiran, aged 29, the bank officer that works at counter number 3 confirmed that at 10.30 a.m. a tall man, dressed all in back also wearing a black cap and a hygiene face mask to conceal his face walked up to his counter. He then  handed a note to the bank clerk which read “There is the bomb inside this bag and if you shout, I will press the remote control and it will explode!” with this the bank clerk handed over cash totalling  23,510 THB .The robber then casually put the money into his handbag and calmly walked out .

The police inspected the CCTV in the department store and found that he walked into a toilet on the 2nd floor got changed into some different clothes and rode away on a mountain bike.

Pol. Maj. Gen. Krit said that he commanded the detective police team of Section 5 to join with the local police to follow up to catch the robber.

After inspecting the CCTV footage the police suspected that the robber may be a foreigner because of his large appearance. (yeah, no shit, Sherlock!)

http://www.pattayadailynews.com/en/2013/11/04/chiang-mai-mountain-bike-robber/

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Unless his name is say, D.B. Cooper, he’s going to find himself locked up with these mutts; at the ‘Bangkok Hilton’.

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November 4, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Pattaya – Ferry Disaster – 6-Dead, OVER 100 MISSING

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Via: Pattaya Daily News

At 4.40pm. The large passenger ferry was returning to Cape Bali Hai Port in South Pattaya when it started leaking badly and sank approximately 500-metres of nearby Koh Larn Island There were HUNDREDS of tourists FLOATING in the SEA with a few swimming to the shore by themselves, but fears are held for the large number of injured, who will be difficult to locate during the night.. Rescuers from other boats rushed to assist all the victims, and initially there are more than 10-children and adults dead and around one hundred tourists have been injured. Rescuers from all available units went to assist the victims and waiting for a ship from Sattahip Naval Base to search the sinking ship for the bodies of passengers, but darkness is a big obstacle.

Journalists reported that the police of Pattaya City Police Station, in SE Thailand’s Chonburi Province were notified that there was the sinking of a passenger ferry operating between Pattaya City and Koh Larn that takes tourists on mainly day trips. The name of the ship was “Koh Larn Travel 1”and it had two decks, but the ship leaked and sank in the sea quite a distance off Koh Larn, on its return trip to South It was carrying 150-200 Thai and foreign passengers back to the port in South Pattaya Bay under Bali Hai Cape. Most of the tourists were families that consisted of children and adults, which are Thai, Russian, Korean, Chinese plus many other nationalities, totalling 150-200 people. The ship sank when it was approximately 500-metres off Koh Larn Island and other passengers ship that were nearby assisted in rescuing the tourists that were floating in the sea. They immediately informed the sea rescue organisations in Pattaya City to launch their rescue boats to assist the victims so at this time things were very chaotic.

http://www.pattayadailynews.com/en/2013/11/03/ferry-disaster-over-100-missing-6-dead/

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Thailand – Ferries sink, trains de-rail, planes run off the runway, busses crash – hell, you know what? I think I’ll stay home today.

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November 4, 2013 Posted by | transportation | , , | Leave a comment