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Police Blotter: 14 June 2013

Long-time motorbike thief caught, tells all
A serial motorbike thief who started pinching bikes before puberty has finally been arrested. According to police the 22-year old had stolen more than 10 motorbikes in four provinces over the past 12 years. The crook was finally caught Wednesday after attempting to steal a stolen Stung Treng bike in Preah Vihear province. No one wanted to buy it without the official papers. Police caught up with him and he confessed to his past misdeeds, validating 12 years of police work that may or may not have been conducted.  Kampuchea Thmey

Gambling car thief plays with house chips
A driver for a private company was apprehended Tuesday on suspicion of having pawned a car that was on loan to his firm. The man, a gambling addict, pawned the car for a large sum. The car’s owner, 33, who had rented the vehicle to the company for $150 a month, sought police help to track down the ballsy driver when he found out what had transpired. The driver confessed, but without enough money to re-purchase the car from the pawn shop, was sent to court. Kampuchea Thmey

Axe-wielding attacker in hacking escape plan
Hacking with a machete or axe seems to be the preferred dispute resolution mechanism these days, with a 30-year-old living in the capital the latest victim. Police said the victim was having an argument with another man in Chamkarmon district on Wednesday when an axe was drawn by the suspect and taken to his head. The attacker then ran into his nearby home, escaping out the back door while his family blocked police. The search for the suspect continues while the victim recovers in hospital.  Nokorwat

Burglar got by with help from little friend
Kandal police arrested a 28-year-old for allegedly breaking and entering a Sa’ang district home on Wednesday. The woman and a 13-year-old boy were said to have broken into the home of a garment worker, stealing $100 in cash before escaping. The unlucky victim reported the theft to police after a long day at work. The woman was caught and confessed to the crime, saying that her underage pal had made off with the loot.  Nokorwat

Police bust up alleged Siem Reap drug ring
A gang of 11 men between the ages of 18 and 28 were arrested on Tuesday for planning to distribute drugs around a Siem Reap town. Military police said they raided three different rooms at a large home, arresting 10 men and one women. Yama, three motorbikes, phone and drug paraphernalia were seized and packed off to court with the suspects for further investigation. Police continue to search for three others associated with the gang. Kampuchea Thmey

Translated by Phak Seangly

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