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Police Blotter: 9 May 2012

Police Blotter: 9 May 2012

Inebriated cop fires at resident, hits cow
A commune police officer in Kampot province’s Teuk Chhou district allegedly fired upon a resident while in a drunken stupor on Monday. Police said the officer had been drinking excessively throughout the day and became upset when the resident refused to pay him money for ploughing a field. The officer shot at the resident three times, but missed. Instead, the officer hit the resident’s cow. He then fled, and authorities are currently searching for him. Koh Santepheap

Grumpy resident takes aim after parking spat
A perturbed resident in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district shot at a person who had parked a car in front of his house on Monday. Police said neighbours filed the complaint after hearing the gunshots. This was not the first time the man had fired at people for parking in front of his house, neighbours reported. Police tried to arrest the resident, but when they arrived on the scene, he escaped. Police are still looking for him. Koh Santepheap

Police stumble upon drug deal in progress
A serenipitious turn of events on Monday led to the arrest of a couple for alleged drug trafficking in Banteay Meanchey province’s Poipet commune. Police said they were searching for a suspect in a moto theft case when they inadvertently discovered the man and woman in the middle of a drug sale. The couple admitted to trafficking after being arrested. They are now in jail awaiting trial. Rasmei Kampuchea

Violent, drunk quintet nabbed by authorities
Five men were arrested for fighting on Monday in the capital’s Sen Sok district. Police said the group was from an outlying village and had come to Phnom Penh to party. After a heavy night of drinking, the quintet got into a fight amongst each other. Three were seriously injured, while two sustained only minor injuries. The group was initially sent to hospital, where they were arrested despite attempting to escape. Kampuchea Thmey

Police pursue, catch mobile phone robber
A 19-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday for stealing a mobile phone in Phnom Penh’s Chamkarmon district. Police said the victim accidentally left her phone in her motorbike while at a market. When she was returning to the bike, she saw the thief make away with the phone. The victim pursued the robber, along with nearby authorities who had been alerted to the crime, and he was eventually apprehended. He is currently in jail awaiting trial. Rasmei Kampuchea

Translated by Sen David

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