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Police Blotter: 1 Apr 2013

Police Blotter: 1 Apr 2013

Stolen gun gets owner and thief in hot water
A gun theft misfired for both the thieves and the weapon’s original owners in the capital’s Daun Penh district on Saturday. Police said two men stole the firearm, a mobile phone and $10 from a strolling couple before escaping into a nearby pagoda. Later, the pilferers fired the gun into the air for fun. Local police heard the shot and arrested them. Having learned from the thieves where the gun came from, police are now searching for the couple, who they say shouldn’t have been carrying the gun either. Nokorwat

With friends like these, man needs no enemies
While looking forward to exchanging vows, a groom got caught between friends exchanging blows in Kampong Chhnang town last Friday. Police said the groom, 21, and three of his friends were celebrating with beer when two of the friends began to argue. A hurled plate from one was answered by a tossed beer glass from the other, which badly hurt the plate-thrower in the head. While intervening, the groom was mildly injured in the hand, and the glass-flinger fled. Police are searching for him. Kampuchea Thmey

Trio not quite sly enough to pull off moto heist
Three thieves cut it too close on Saturday trying to wheel a motorcycle out of the sleeping owner’s house in the capital’s Tuol Kork district. Police said the three men, aged 18, 26 and 32, used a bolt cutter to cut the lock on the owner’s door, but before they got the bike out, the owner awoke and shouted for police, who arrested the 18-year-old. The other two tool-toting goons abandoned their younger associate and escaped, bike-less, into the night. Kampuchea Thmey

Protective porters pour punishment on migrants
Three migrants returning from Thailand received a not-so-warm welcome at a bus stop in Banteay Meanchey’s Poipet town on Friday. Police said the three were hoping to return to their homes for bargain prices and grew quarrelsome when a ticket-seller refused to give them a discount. At the first signs of a fight, five other bus company staff jumped to the ticket-seller’s aid, punching and kicking one of the migrants in the face, only to be arrested when police arrived. Koh santepheap

Meanchey moto-jacker finally caught in the act
Meanchey district military police on Saturday arrested a man believed to be responsible for the disappearances of many a moto in the capital. Cops said they had received several complaints of missing bikes, many from Meanchey, before they caught the man in the act. The suspect admitted to the thefts, saying he had been selling the bikes at the Vietnamese border. Deum Ampil

Translated by Phak Seangly

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