CHONBURI — A woman claiming to be a Cambodian masseuse reportedly robbed a Russian tourist in the resort town of Pattaya this morning.
The 49-year-old Russian man told police four women approached him while he was sitting alone on Jomtien Beach at around 6 am and introduced themselves as Cambodian masseurs, said Police Lt. Sombat Kaewmoonsuk, an officer at Pattaya Police Station.
Three of the women later left, at which point the Russian accompanied the remaining woman to a “massage parlor” in Soi Wat Boonkanchanararm which consisted of a bamboo bed on the side of a street, Sombat said. She told the tourist to lie down for a massage, police said, then snatched the gold necklace from his neck and ran off.
After the Russian complained to the police, officers searched the area and found a woman’s purse with the victim’s gold necklace inside.
“The victim may have chased after the perpetrator, which frightened her into dropping the goods, and she has not returned to collect them,” Sombat said, adding that police are looking for the massage bandits.
Pattaya, a seaside enclave on the Gulf of Thailand, is well known for its red light district and high rate of crimes against foreigners.
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