Police Blotter: 03 May 2013

Police Blotter: 03 May 2013

Brother proves sister’s critique of him is right
A hothead 33-year-old left his sister with serious injuries on Wednesday after she mocked his loutish behaviour in front of his drinking buddies. The man was drinking rice wine with fellow villagers at his sister’s home when she complained that he was lazy and not good for anything but drinking alcohol. The 53-year-old’s insults threw her baby brother into a raging tantrum that quickly turned violent. He grabbed a metre-long wooden plank and attacked her with it before making a quick getaway. Police arrested him the same day. Raksmei Kampuchea

Dunderhead driver fails to pass, veers off road
A reckless taxi driver injured three of his passengers when he ran off the road in Preah Sihanouk’s Prey Nop district on Wednesday. Police said the car was loaded with six passengers on the way to Phnom Penh when the 30-year-old driver botched an overtaking manoeuvre and veered off the road into a rice paddy. Three passengers were hospitalised, with the driver and two other passengers getting away largely unscathed. Police said the driver would be responsible for medical costs. Koh Santepheap

Snatch-and-grab phone theft thwarted by cops
A 22-year-old karaoke hostess almost didn’t make it to the microphone Monday night when she was robbed in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork district. As the dolled-up hostess left her house for work, two men on a motorbike sped by and snatched her mobile phone. Luckily, her pitch-perfect yells for help alerted police, who arrested the teenage suspects and returned the woman’s phone. Rasmey Kampuchea

Strange-looking party raises police suspicion
Meanchey district police arrested nine men and women on Monday after finding a package of methamphetamine tablets and a loaded gun during a raid at a house where the group had gathered. What tipped them off was the apparently “unusual” and suspicious composition of the group, whose members ranged in age from 17 to 29. After entering the home, police found the contraband and made the arrests. Three motorbikes were also seized. Nokorwat

Thief says taking from  cop wasn’t good idea
It happens often enough in blotter chronicles to make you feel sorry for the thief who unwittingly tries to steal from a cop. In this case, a 16-year-old Vietnamese teen was arrested Wednesday for allegedly stealing a policeman’s motorbike in Tuol Kork district. Police say the 48-year-old officer was having lunch when the teen used a bar to break the bike lock. Shouts for help led to an arrest 10 minutes later. The suspect confessed and said he would not have tried to steal the bike if he knew the profession of the owner. Kampuchea Thmey

Translated by Phak Seangly


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