Phony phone owner gets one over on cop
AN ELDERLY woman tricked a policeman into giving her a smartphone he found at a market in the capital’s Tuol Kork district on Tuesday. Eyewitnesses said that the policeman found the smartphone, estimated to be US$500, on the ground of the market’s car park. An elderly woman nearby, observing his discovery, immediately told him the phone belonged to her, so the cop gave it to her without asking questions and she quickly drove away. A few seconds later a woman from inside the market shouted that she had lost her phone and the policeman realised that he had given the phone to the wrong woman.
Convivial drink ends badly for motodop
A DRUGGED motodop had his motorbike stolen on Wednesday in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district. Police said that the two alleged thieves, who were getting a ride from the motodop, slipped him a drug while they all stopped for a drink. When the motodop started driving again he became sleepy and nearly unconscious so he stopped and sat on the side of the road, leaving his motorbike to the suspects’ sticky fingers. The two men remain at large, while the motodop is recovering at hospital.
Holy tip-off ceases theft of electrical wire
ONE of three suspects was arrested for allegedly attempting to steal electrical wire from a pagoda in Kampong Speu province’s Odong district on Tuesday. Police said they were tipped off by a monk at the pagoda. When they arrived, they caught the trio in the act of cutting the wire. Two of the men escaped.
Poker parlour raid nets five arrests
POLICE raided a gambling hall on Wednesday in the capital’s Sen Sok district, confiscating eight video poker games and arresting five people, including the owner. Police said that the gambling hall was also serving as a meeting place for drug dealers and their customers. Police were tipped off about the hall from a neighbour.
Police arrest men over theft of cement
TWO young workers were arrested by police on Monday for allegedly stealing cement from their employer in Kampong Speu province’s Kong Pisei district. Police received a complaint from the suspects’ boss, who claimed he was continually losing cement from his construction site. Police said they caught the suspects as they were selling the stolen cement to another man. Twenty sacks of cement were seized in the arrest. The suspects, both in their twenties, were sent to jail to await trial.