Pattaya Tour Boat Operators Arrested for Theft

Surasak Intarachote, 50, and Rattanapol Sae-ui, 21, talk to Col. Apichai Klobpetch on Tuesday

PATTAYA — Two operators of a speedboat in Pattaya were arrested Tuesday and accused of stealing goods worth a million baht from a Chinese tourist, police said.

Surasak Intarachote, 50, and Rattanapol Sae-ui, 21, are accused of stealing money, jewelry and a mobile phone from the victim’s bag while he was swimming in the sea off Koh Larn. They have been charged with theft, according to the Pattaya police chief, who would not divulge further details.

Told it was for a news report, Col. Apichai Klobpetch hung up the phone.

At a news conference earlier today, the colonel said the incident took place Monday. Police and soldiers tracked down and arrested the two suspects soon after the tourist filed a complaint, Apichai told reporters.

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Teeranai Charuvastra can be reached at and followed on Twitter at @teeranai_c. He began working for Khaosod newspaper in 2012 before switching to Khaosod English in late 2013. His interests include politics, crime, the monarchy and the latest Naga sightings.