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Police Blotter: 14 May 2013

Police Blotter: 14 May 2013

Traffic infraction elicits surprising confession
Police bit off more than they had hoped to chew on Sunday when they performed a routine stop on three men who turned out to be fleeing from a crime scene. The trio was speeding by traffic police in the capital’s Dangkor district when the officers noticed the absence of a license plate. Police gave chase to the men, who ditched the motorbike and tried to get away on foot. They were arrested and, not realising it had all started with a traffic offence, admitted to something more sinister – robbery. The police sent them to court. Koh Santepheap

Motorbike catches fire mysteriously in S’ville
A Russian man’s motorbike failed to re-emerge as a phoenix after he found it engulfed in flames on Friday. The man was in a souvenir shop in Sihanoukville when he turned around and saw his motorised steed alight. Onlookers helped him douse the bike with water to put out the flames, to no avail. Police later inquired whether the man had a feud with someone – a possible reason for the arson – but he insisted that there was no bad blood between him and locals. Koh Santepheap

Angry drug addict bites hand that deals to him
A drug dealer refusing to sell his stash to a user out of compassion is a rare story in these pages, but that’s just what happened when a 34-year-old was attacked with an axe on Sunday. The suspect, a drug addict, admitted to police that he was furious with his dealer when he attacked the man after he refused to sell to him, leaving the dealer with serious injuries. His victim, now recovering in hospital, might leave sympathy out of the supply-and-demand equation if he returns to his day job. Deum Ampil

Thieves don’t bother to wear masks at robbery
Two robbers will rue the day they forgot their ski masks after allegedly deciding to rob a house on Sunday in Battambang town. The home-owner arrived home from work mid-robbery, catching them red-handed as they pillaged through his belongings. The man saw their faces and filed a complaint to police with detailed descriptions after they escaped. Acting on that information, police went to arrest the duo. They confessed to the robbery and were sent to court. Kampuchea Thmey

Drunk driver wakes up to find police at bedside
Most people know that drinking and driving is never a good cocktail, then again, most people aren’t the myriad drunkards who populate the blotter chronicles. A loaded Phnom Penh man was arrested by police on Saturday after he left a local bar and banged into two men on a motorbike in Dangkor district. The victims were sent to hospital. Police had to wait for the man to rise from his smashed slumber to face questioning. Deum Ampil

Translated by Sen David

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