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Police Blotter: 14 Nov 2011

Police Blotter: 14 Nov 2011

Police catch motorbike thief a year after crime
Police arrested a man last Tuesday in the capital’s Chamkarmon district for the alleged robbery of a motorbike almost one year ago. The two victims of the robbery said they were driving around Phnom Penh during the Water Festival last year, when the 29-year-old suspect and several accomplices stole their motorbike. Police said the suspect in custody admitted to the robbery, but claimed he sold the bike for US$700. The suspect will be detained until trial. Police are searching for his accomplices, who remain at large.

Woman robbed while husband out drinking
A mother was robbed at knifepoint while her husband was out drinking with friends last Wednesday in Battambang province’s Kors Kralor district. Police said the victim was in bed with her two-month-old child when a suspect wearing a mask entered the residence, held a knife to her neck and stole US $125, as well as her necklace. Police are trying to ascertain suspects.

Group attack badly injures three friends
A teenager was seriously injured after he and two of his friends were attacked last Wednesday night in Svay Rieng province’s Svay Tiep district. The brother of the injured teen said the victims of the attack had been driving home from a celebration at a pagoda when they were accosted by a group of 10 men who beat them with sticks. Several of the suspects were arrested and released with a warning.

Labourer leads officers to suspected broker
An alleged human trafficking broker, suspected of transporting labourers across the border to illegally work in Thailand, was arrested on Thursday in Kampong Chhnang province. Police were tipped off about the suspected broker by a labourer who was arrested in Battambang province in August for attempting to cross the Thai-Cambodia border. Upon arrest, the 44-year-old suspect was sent to Battambang to await trial.

Escaped moto thief returns behind bars
A man who escaped from a police station on a stolen motorbike was recaptured last Tuesday in Pursat province’s Krakor district. Police said they had originally arrested the 20-year-old suspect for petty theft, but on Monday night he escaped from the police station on one of the officers’ motorbike. Police caught the suspect the next day and sent him back to the station, where he will be detained until his trial at the Pursat provincial court.


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