The victim, Mr. Toshiaki Shinohe, filed a complaint with Pol. Capt. Natchaphon Saengsi, Deputy Inspector of Investigation at the Pattaya Police Station, stating that he was pickpocketed while riding a Songthaew at around 11 PM in Soi Buakhao, Nongprue sub-district, Banglamung district, Chonburi province. The Japanese man, who was exploring Pattaya’s nightlife with his friend, reported that two transgender suspects had taken over 60,000 baht in cash from him.
Mr. Toshiaki, a Japanese engineer, informed the police that he was on holiday in Pattaya. He and his companion had taken a Songthaew, a type of Thai transportation with two rows of seats in the back, and were sitting facing each other before to the occurrence.
Mr. Toshiaki recalled that two transsexual women joined them and sat by him during their journey. They then started a dialogue to pique his curiosity.
Mr. Toshiaki discovered that his wallet, which included his ID card and ATM cards as well as 40,000 Thai baht and roughly 23,000 baht worth of foreign currency (100,000 yen), had vanished when the two transsexual ladies got out of the car. While speaking with him, the Japanese visitor had a suspicion that the two transwomen had reached into his pocket and taken his wallet. He went on to say that the occurrence grieved him and that he had gone straight to Pattaya police to register the issue.
According to Pol. Capt. Natchaphon, police were looking through CCTV material to find the offenders.