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Police Blotter: 1 Mar 2013

Garment worker stiches together robbery plan
Police say that a 20-year-old man swapped his career as a garment worker for a life of crime earlier this week, breaking into an electronics shop in the dark hours. The computer wiz stole an X16 Lenovo laptop, an abundance of mobile phones and some music players from a shop in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork district. Police were able to catch the crook, arresting him a day later at his rented home, but only managed to recover the laptop as the other items had already been sold. Kampuchea Thmey

Machete attack messes with worker’s commute
A 30-year-old man allegedly attacked a commuter with a machete on Tuesday. Police say the construction worker stopped the victim from travelling home on his motorbike at around 11pm, proceeding to stab him in the arm and making off with his mobile phone and $80 cash. The wounded man shouted for help, but nobody dared chase the knife-wielding suspect. Police arrested the man two days later and he confessed to his crime. Kampuchea Thmey

Rubbish collectors get down and dirty in fight
Two eco-warriors took their fight a little too far on Wednesday as an argument over who holds claim to recyclable materials turned to violence. A 21-year-old scavenger was seriously injured on the head with a wooden stick following a dispute with a 21-year-old CINTRI company rubbish collection worker. The alleged attacker did not want his foe to make a collection, claiming he too needed the materials. Police have arrested the suspect. Kampuchea Thmey

Man hospitalised after cement mixer collision
A 25-year-old man has been left critically injured after driving his motorbike into a cement mixer. The reckless biker had allegedly been drinking wine with friends before travelling home and crashing into the vehicle in Phnom Penh’s Chamkarmon district on Tuesday, injuring his head and legs. A villager who witnessed the incident called an ambulance for the unconscious man. The bike and cement mixer were taken into police custody. Deum Ampil

Moto thieves confess to one crime, add others
Two strangely honest thieves were caught red-handed on Wednesday as they attempted to steal a motorbike in Kampong Cham’s Kampong Siem district. Police reported that the two young men were trying to take a villager’s vehicle parked outside their home, but they were spotted in the act. After making off on their motorbike, police arrested the thieves an hour later. The suspects then confessed to the robbery and several other misdeeds.  Nokorwat

Translated by Sen David

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