Thai Crime: Thai Women in Pattaya Area Extorted By Fake Police Officers

During a shopping trip, a woman claims that she was arrested by fake police and detained in a dog kennel while being extorted for 50,000 baht. Her mother reported her missing on Monday after she didn’t come home from her shopping trip, and today police arrested 4 men and charged them with impersonating police officers.
Pattaya City Police raided a farmer’s chicken fighting facility with 3 pit bulls and dog kennels on-site. Unidentified woman says the men posing as police took her into custody and put a black bag over her head while driving her to a location with chickens and dogs. Though it was not revealed what crime the fake police officers had accused her of, she said they had held her in a dog kennel and told her that she could be released for 50,000 baht.
They told her that if they brought her to the actual police station, the punishment for her crimes would be harsher and more expensive. The next day, the victim attempted to obtain the money from her foreign boyfriend but was only able to get 16,000 baht. She went free for that price after the men holding her hostage agreed.
Police from Pattaya and Chon Buri visited the chicken fighting venue in Bang Lamung where the woman claimed that she and other captives were held hostage. The police uncovered two more victims of the group during their investigation, one of whom was actually the fourth member of the gang that had been arrested after the original report only identified three men.
As a result of the investigation, police learned that one suspect is a former Thai Navy officer, and they suspect that there are more perpetrators impersonating police officers who are part of this gang. It is also believed that there may be many more victims of fake officers. If you believe you have been targeted by the gang, you should file a report at the Pattaya Police Station.

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