Three of six suspects who allegedly engaged in extortion by impersonating Immigration Police in Rayong have been arrested.
Immigration Police chief Pol Lt-General Sompong Chingduang on Monday announced the arrests in a case that took place on September 15. Six men wearing Immigration Police uniforms visited business owners in Rayong province who hired migrant labourers and asked them for money.
“We have checked the CCTV footage in nearby areas and found that the six suspects had gathered at 8.18am on September 15 at a petrol station on Khao Lam Road in Chonburi’s Sriracha district,” he said. “Then they got on three cars and drove to Rayong’s Pluak Daeng district to visit business owners. Later at 3.30pm, they again met at the petrol station.”
“From the footage we have managed to track down and arrest three suspects, namely Wisanu or Saneh (45), Ekachai or Dum (36) and Ratchanon or Bank (32). We also found a Toyota pickup truck and the police uniforms that they used on that day.”
The three were sent to Pluak Daeng Police Station and were charged with impersonating police officers and extortion, while police have issued arrest warrants for the other three suspects.
“If you witness any crimes involving Immigration Police or migrants staying in Thailand, please contact Immigration Police hotline at 1178 or visit: www.immigration.go.th,” added Sompong.