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Police Blotter: 10 May 2013

Trail of revenge ends in jail cell for cow-lover
Vengeance was a double-edged machete for a Kampong Thom man arrested on Tuesday night. According to military police, the man, 24, and an accomplice had allegedly thrown stones at a passing car, breaking its side-view mirror. Though the accomplice escaped, the suspect was arrested carrying stones and a machete. Confessing to the crime, he told police that he had sworn to avenge the death of his cow – which had been killed in a collision a few days prior – by destroying any car foolish enough to cross his path. Nokorwat  

Construction worker lays bricks on victim
REVENGE also backfired on a 17-year-old construction worker in Sihanoukville on Monday when he was apprehended after badly injuring his target. According to police, the suspect and four others used motorbikes to block the way of the object of their revenge, 19, and proceeded to beat him in the head with bricks. Police only arrested the one suspect, who reportedly confessed to the beating, saying the victim had stabbed his friend a few weeks before. Koh Santepheap

Bag-snatcher snags bike on railway crossing
A bag-snatcher was caught by police when he tried to escape in the capital’s Russey Keo district on Wednesday. Military police said the teenager and an accomplice had tried to pinch the bag of a man in a passing tuk-tuk, but were foiled when he managed to snatch it back. The pair sped away from police on their motorbike, coming off when they tried to zoom over a railway crossing and broke their front wheel on the rail. Police arrested one suspect, who confessed. Kampuchea Thmey

Tantrum-throwing team gets caught in collision
Two men in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district had more than their feelings hurt after drunkenly speeding off to a nightclub after their friend declined to join them. Police said that after a four-hour drinking session, the pair, aged 20 and 23, were so upset that he rejected their invitation that they shot off in a huff on their moto. The bike collided with an oncoming tuk-tuk at high speed, and the two sustained serious head injuries. Deum Ampil

Lucky find turns into bad omen for crafty trio
The age-old precept of “finders keepers” no longer applies, at least not when the found item belongs to a cop. According to police, three men in Kampong Chhnang town were sent to court after selling an iPhone they found for $230. Little did they know that the phone belonged to a policeman. The officer filed a complaint to court, and the three not-so-lucky lads were arrested and charged. Koh Santepheap

Translated by Phak Seangly

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