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Police Blotter: 19 Feb 2013

Baseball bat swings,battler runs for home

Two on one isn’t necessarily bad odds, if you’ve got a baseball bat. Police said a 24-year-old used the wooden equaliser to his unfair advantage on Saturday in Poipet town, where he got into an argument with two fellow workers loading goods for sale at market. Once things got heated, he wasted no time in literally putting the wood to the duo before attempting to escape on his moto, a getaway thwarted by quick-acting cops. The victims were sent to hospital. Koh Santepheap

Numbers up for four who tested luck and law
Luck was definitely not in the air for a quartet in the capital’s Sen Sok district on Saturday busted for gambling on cards and taking part in an illegal lottery. Police said the foursome had been among a larger group that played in the same quiet neighbourhood every day, prompting complaints from residents. The raid, which saw several suspected gamblers escape amid flying playing cards and lottery slips, didn’t manage to capture the lotto ringleaders. Small comfort to the four players, who were sent to court. Koh Santepheap

Drive-by flawless, but getaway floors thief
If the capital’s criminals were half as good at driving motos as stealing bags and necklaces, the number of arrests here would plummet. Such was the lesson Sunday when yet another necklace-snatcher saw his fleeting success ruined by a wrecked moto. Police said the clumsy criminal had executed a flawless drive-by jewellery snatching from a female pedestrian only to subsequently wipe out, leaving himself easy pickings for the constabulary. Rasmey Kampuchea

Neighbours don’t miss a beat – or a burglary
Sometimes a nosy neighbour can be your best friend – or worst enemy as it turned out for a pair of would-be burglars in Kratie town on Saturday. Police said the duo had waited for a local homeowner to leave his house before making their move. Unfortunately, they were spotted while attempting to finagle the lock on the front door of the house, tipping off their presence to neighbours, who then tipped off their presence to police. The pair are now awaiting a date with the judge. Deum Ampil

Dancefloor carved up; reveler sliced, diced
Police are on the hunt for a Pursat man accused of ruining a wedding party with a little knifeplay on Sunday evening. Cops say the night unravelled in typical fashion, with a dance floor misstep leading to a verbal argument and the appearance of a knife, which the accused allegedly used to stab and seriously injure a 32-year-old man. The assailant fled the scene immediately, while the victim was sent to hospital. Kampuchea Thmey

Translated by Sen David



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