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Police Blotter: 11 May 2012

Police Blotter: 11 May 2012

Man sets fire to home after mum denies loan
A 28-year-old man set fire to his house on Wednesday in Pursat province’s Bakan district. Police said the man had been angry because his mother had refused to give him money to go out drinking. The man was reported to be an alcoholic, and this was not the first time he had set fire to his property, authorities said. On a previous occasion when his mother had refused to give him money, the suspect had also committed arson, but neighbours had been able to extinguish the flames before serious damage was caused. Kampuchea Thmey

Inmate back in prison after escape attempt
Kampot town provincial police officials captured an inmate who attempted to escape from provincial prison on Tuesday morning. Prison officials said the suspect had attempted to flee while the guards were changing shifts, but nearby officers were able to thwart his attempt. Koh Santepheap

Speeding car smashes into beverage seller
A car accident in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district seriously injured two people on Wednesday night. Police said the 30-year-old driver had been driving at high speed in Dangkor commune when he lost control of his vehicle, hit a tree and ricocheted into the victim, a 28-year-old beverage seller who was outside his house. The two were rushed to hospital for treatment. Koh Santepheap

Mentally unstable man attacks police in rage
Stung Treng provincial military officials have arrested a mentally ill man who assaulted police officers earlier this week. Police said the assailant had used a stick to hit the officers during a routine traffic stop because he was upset at being fined for not wearing a helmet and driving without a rear-view mirror. The man was arrested and sent to the military police station for re-education. Koh Santepheap

20-year-old nabbed for swiping friend’s moto
Battambang town police officials arrested a young man on Tuesday for allegedly stealing his friend’s motorbike. Police said the 20-year-old suspect had made a copy of the motorbike’s key when he borrowed the bike from his friend. On Monday night, he stole the bike from outside his friend’s house and hired another friend to ride it to Siem Reap in order to sell it. But the victim quickly filed a complaint with authorities, who were able to arrest the suspect in Battambang before the plan was executed. Koh Santepheap

Translated by Mom Kunthear

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