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‘Stam’ the fake cop busted in Phuket, denies Patong shakedowns

PHUKET: Police have flown in from Bangkok to arrest a man in Patong who impersonated a police officer to get free meals in restaurants and extort cash from small businesses. If the business owners didn’t pay up, he threatened to shut them down.

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Monday 22 August 2016, 06:25PM


Chatrin 'Stam' Tongteerakul, 24, said he really wanted to be a policeman, but denied extorting money from Patong businesses. Photo: Phuket Tourist Police
Chatrin 'Stam' Tongteerakul, 24, said he really wanted to be a policeman, but denied extorting money from Patong businesses. Photo: Phuket Tourist Police

“I flew down to lead the arrest team as soon as I received the complaint about this,” Pol Col Sipaketh Kruewattanaset, Deputy Chief of the Royal Thai Police Crime Suppression Division (CSD) in Bangkok, told The Phuket News today (Aug 22).

CSD officers, working together with Tourist police in Phuket, arrested 24-year-old Chatrin “Stan” Tongteerakul arrested at a home on 50 Pi Rd, on the foothills behind Patong, last Wednesday (Aug 24).

Chatrin was presented to the press in Bangkok on Saturday (Aug 27).

When police raided the Patong home, they found Chatrin in possession of a .40 calibre Glock handgun with 76 bullets and a Remington 12-gauge shotgun with four cartridges.

Officers also found a Crime Suppression Police uniform and a fake police identification card recognising Chatrin as a Phuket Provincial Police corporal and presenting him as the head of the Provincial Police investigation division in Phuket.

This was not the first time Chatrin had been caught impersonating a police officer, Col Sipaketh reported.

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“Chatrin had previously been charged with impersonating a police officer in Khon Kaen,” he said.

“He was caught there and charged and punished, but then he went to Phuket about nine months ago and started doing the same thing,” Col Sipaketh added.

Chatrin told the press on Saturday the had an accident about three years ago which prevented him from being accepted as a police cadet.

“I used to help police with using computers and I really want to be a policeman,” Chatrin said.

He also denied extorting cash from businesses.

Col Sipaketh urged people with any related complaints to call the Crime Suppression Division hotline at Tel: 1195 (24 hours).

 

 

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Kurt | 23 August 2016 - 10:06:42

Yes Ed Sanders, you are right.
Anyone with a police haircut can walk in a shop and ask tea money and ask for the monthly kick back.
Shop owners are used to this monthly collections.

I guess it was not the fact that he was impersonating as a collecting police officer, but that he collected money ment for others. Hahaha
That needed a quick correcting bust.

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Christy Sweet | 23 August 2016 - 09:04:17

It's 9:05 in the morning and 1195 does not answer.

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stuff5000@gmail.com | 23 August 2016 - 07:56:37

Its all about connections, even a fake has friends here...

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Ed Sanders | 23 August 2016 - 02:01:21

What a pathetic wanabe clown...but at least by fleecing restaurants he was accurately portraying himself as a police officer

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Kurt | 22 August 2016 - 21:03:29

Tak, history in police actions done by 'Bangkok' on Phuket proved it is not a strange thing at all.
A crime division from Bangkok coming 3 days to Phuket executive more than the Phuket police in 3 months.
We have seen that already many times. That is the way it is.

We see regular police divisions coming from Bangkok to Phuket to clean up the Patong scene.
Ever seen the patong police look after the copycat business? 
No, it are always forces coming from Bangkok.
They do a 3 day sweep and Patong is clean for a few days.
Know why? What do you think?

I think Patong police force is hopeless incompetent or corrupt. At least always sitting on their hands.
Patong is under control of influential biz people.
Police officers don't dare to stir in that mess, it will effect their career.  
Take your pick.


Safety zones in Patong? A big joke.
A bomb exploded in front of a police box at beach road at end of bangla Rd at Patong on birthday of the Queen.
Under the eyes of the police. Get it?
Tourist court many years ago published with trompets and many police officers on a photo. 
Where is it?  We never hear about it anymore.

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Tak | 22 August 2016 - 19:08:53

Why the police from Bangkok have to come to take care him instead of the police from Patong. I think rather strange.

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