Police Blotter: 11 Feb 2013

Police Blotter: 11 Feb 2013

Dirty glances land duo in literal deep doo-doo
In an incident that simply stank, a group of men came a cropper and fell into waste from a crapper after a drunken fight in the capital’s Meanchey district on Friday. After dirty looks sparked fisticuffs at a party, four men wasted no time in pursuing their two fleeing rivals on motorbikes. The ordeal ended with two of them in ordure after their motos crashed, sending them flying into human waste flowing through a rather odorous canal. The six men were arrested when police took care of business, making the incident both a fecal matter and a criminal one. Kampuchea Thmey

Man ignites both rubbish fire and in-law’s fury
You don’t lose a daughter when she marries, you gain a son – until that son beats you unconscious with a stick and flees. According to police, the stick-wielder, 47, was blind drunk when he objected to his wife’s father, 58, burning rubbish near his home in Pailin town last Wednesday. When the father-in-law refused to put out his fire, which the suspect believed could raze his house, he was set upon. “A man has the right to protect his home” is an aphorism unlikely to protect the son-in-law from charges. Nokorwat

Pumped up after theft, culprit is not cautious
A thief who had the temerity to flaunt his spoils was arrested in Takeo province’s Angkor Borei district on Thursday. Police said the 25-year-old stole an irrigation pump from a rice field after its farmer returned home for the night. Police put a call out for repairers and secondhand machinery dealers to report anyone trying to peddle such a pump. When the felonious “farmer” did just that, asking for $25 for the pump, police arrested him. Deum Ampil

Police arrest one of two motorbike marauders
Motobike owners are being urged to take a little more care after a pair of crooks snatched a moto in Kampong Thom’s Sandan district. On the same day as the pump theft above, two thieves, both 27, also targeted a farmer, nicking his bike after he parked it near a canal. The victim complained to police, who apprehended one of the suspects. The other tested out the bike’s capabilities, fleeing on it to freedom. Kampuchea Thmey

Smith arrested after forging ahead with theft
A blacksmith exchanged his hammer and anvil for bare hands during a robbery of a woman in Preah Sihanouk’s Stung Hav province on Friday, police said. The victim was walking alone in the dark near a factory after her husband had not arrived home as scheduled. In a secluded spot, the blacksmith set upon her, threatening to strangle her to death if she refused to give him money. She handed over $60, and the man fled. Police arrested him a few hours later, and he confessed. Kampuchea Thmey

Translated by Phak Seangly

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