THIEF TARGETS LUNCHING MONKS
A man was arrested in Ratanakkiri’s Banlung district on Tuesday after allegedly stealing money from monks he was staying with temporarily. Police said the 19-year-old man stole 3 million riels (around US$720) from the Phnom Svay pagoda while the monks who had put him up were out having lunch. A monk who stayed behind saw the robbery and immediately reported him to police. Police sent the case to the provincial court.
SPOILED DRAG RACERS IN STATUE MAYHEM
Three gangsters who were engaging in high-speed racing were involved in an accident in front of the Chhoun Nath statue in Phnom Penh on Wednesday. Police say the three men – who were riding in a Lexus – were racing when they crashed in front of the statue, which wasn’t damaged. The three men were sent to Calmette hospital with minor injuries. The parents of the men say the boys are spoiled, and that they have been concerned about their children’s activities.
CLOSE SHAVE TEACHES GANGSTERS A LESSON
Police in Poipet town on Tuesday shaved the heads of 10 gangsters to re-educate them, after saying the men were intimidating villagers by shouting and threatening them with swords and staves. The men were sent to an NGO for re-education, as the men were constantly getting drunk. Villagers welcomed the move, expressing hopes the gangsters would change their ways.
TWO BUSTED FOR SMUGGLING DRUGS
Local authorities in Kandal province detained two men accused of trafficking drugs across the Thai-Cambodian border in Preah Vihear province on Wednesday. Police say they saw a car speeding and stopped it, after which they found a large quantity of drugs on board. The arrests were part of a cooperative effort among several provincial police departments, authorities said, adding that the men confessed to having sold drugs many times in Kandal province.
YOUNGSTERS’ GAME HAS EXPLOSIVE END
Three young boys were severely injured after a mine exploded in Battambang’s Kas Kralor district on Wednesday. Police said the boys were tending to a cow when they spotted a mine but didn’t know what it was. They started beating it as part of a game when it exploded. Their parents said that their children always go to look after the cows every evening. On the day of the incident, their parents heard the sound of explosions in the field, but they did not suppose this was happening to their children. Neighbours alerted the parents, who sent the injured children straight to hospital.