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Police Blotter: 01 May 2013

Police Blotter: 01 May 2013

Watery getaway leads to capture for boat thief
A 23-year-old Vietnamese national is in hot water after he was arrested on Sunday by police in Pursat province for allegedly stealing a motorboat. Police said a 31-year-old father used the boat to take his sick child to the Kandieng district health centre on Sunday, parking on the river nearby while his son was treated. The suspect then stole the boat, escaping downstream, but not downstream enough. He was caught the same day and confessed to the crime. Kampuchea Thmey

Break time could cause prison time for workers
Two young garment workers were arrested Monday in Kandal province on suspicion of taking drugs during time off from the daily slog at the factory. Military police said the small-time users had been taking drugs for months. The police raid on their home netted only a small bag of yama and some paraphernalia. They confessed to buying the drugs from an unknown dealer, saying they simply made them feel “happy and relaxed”. Nokorwat

Sozzled and solo, man set upon by attackers
Drunk and walking home alone, a man was beaten with a wooden pole by a gang of six on Sunday night in Phnom Penh’s Por Sen Chey district. The 28-year-old suffered serious injuries to his head and body in what seemed to be a revenge attack, according to police. Though a witness called the cops, the suspects escaped before they arrived. Police said the victim and his friends had an ongoing tiff with the men suspected of the attack. The victim has been hospitalised and police are searching for the suspects.
Raksmei Kampuchea

Faux-bike buyer goes for ultimate discount
A cunning teenager was sent to court Sunday after allegedly trying to steal a motorbike from a shop after disguising himself as a potential buyer. According to police, the budding actor perused the motorbikes as if intent on making a purchase, then quietly rolled one out of the shop while the owner was distracted by genuine customers. His plan was foiled when he was caught by staff trying to drive away. Turned over to police, the youngster confessed, saying he’d been unemployed for months.  Koh Santepheap

Woman injured in hit and run, young suspect freed
A speeding 20-year-old hit and badly injured a female motorist on Sunday in Phnom Penh’s Chamkarmon district. Police said the youth was driving his flashy car well above the capital’s speed limits. Swerving in and out of traffic, he ran into the 30-year-old woman who was riding her motorcycle, leaving her with savage injuries to her head and leg. Police did not arrest the youngster and confiscated his car instead. The woman has been hospitalised. Kampuchea Thmey

Translated by Phak Seangly

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