A 26-year-old ladyboy was arrested on Walking Street early Wednesday morning for being part of pickpocket team that stole the smartphone of a tourist from Jordania.
The 61-year-old tourist told police that he had been strolling along Walking Street on his way back to his hotel room when the ladyboy and a female accomplice chatted him up and started groping up, proposing the usual naughty kind of late-night fun.
Only when it was too late he noticed that his phone was missing from his trouser pocket and called the police to assist him.
We’ve only recently warned travellers and expats not to wear gold necklaces after dark in Pattaya or carry more cash than really necessary on them. Snatch-and-grab thefts and (ladyboy) pickpockets are by no means anything new in Pattaya but cases appear to have risen recently.
Having said that, we should have added that you’re also well advised not to carry an expensive smartphone on you either. In fact, many regular visitors to Pattaya who know all the nightt-time safety hazards have a separate cheap mobile phone, for example, an old Nokia or budget smartphone from 7-Eleven, they only use when they’re on a vacation in Thailand or go out in Pattaya by night.
Instead of taking the risk of having their regular, more expensive smartphone stolen, for example, by a random partner for the night, a casual thief in a bar or a “professional” pickpocket on Beach Road or on a Baht bus, they leave their regular smartphone at home or at least locked up in their hotel room. Here’s why.
Once and for all: Do NOT wear a thief gold necklace around your neck in Pattaya after dark or carry more cash on you than what you really need when you leave your hotel room for a night walk around town.
Only two nights ago, a young Chinese tourist had a gold necklace worth over 40,000 Baht snatched from around his neck as he was walking down a street in Naklua by night.
Now that’s pretty much business as usual. We’ve covered incidents like these time and time again and must admit we’re getting somewhat tired – not so much of covering these stories but of the, well, half-wits so-to-say who fall victim to such crimes again and again. (This is by no means to excuse these crooks but simply to appeal to your common sense.)