Police Blotter: 14 Dec 2012

Police Blotter: 14 Dec 2012

Brother-in-law stirs up trouble with law
Everyone knows in-laws can be a pain in the neck, but a Banteay Meanchey man found his a pain in the shoulder on Monday. Police said a row over the fact that the brother-in-law had been living with the 40-year-old victim and his wife concluded with the freeloading relative planting a knife in the homeowner’s back. Police are now on the hunt for the man, who fled the scene. The wife, meanwhile, admitted the three-way living arrangement was perhaps less than ideal. RASMEY KAMPUCHEA

Cops protect and serve and take back mirror
Hard up for cash and ready to party, a 30-year-old drug addict entered the ignominious annals of Phnom Penh’s small-time criminals by stealing... a car’s side-view mirror. Police said the not particularly ambitious thief had snatched the mirror while the car was parked in front of the victim’s house before being spotted by fleet-footed cops, who ran him down. He quickly confessed, saying he did it for the paltry cash. RASMEY KAMPUCHEA

It’s our place, thieves say; owner disagrees
A pair of bumbling burglars failed to talk their way out of arrest on Tuesday when nabbed outside their intended target in Phnom Penh’s Chamkarmon district. Police said the men were loitering near the door of the home they planned to burgle when patrolling cops called out to them. The men called back, assuring them they were the house’s rightful owners, only to have their story blow up when the real owner walked up mid-lie. They were subsequently arrested and now await their day in court. RASMEY KAMPUCHEA

Victim dilly-dallies with complaint, thieves flee
A man’S leisurely filed complaint may have cost cops a chance at two of his assailants this week in Sihanoukville. Police said the victim had a necklace snatched from off his neck on Monday but waited until the next morning before filing a complaint. The cops dutifully raided the house where the three thieves purportedly lived, only to find two had had time to make their escape. The remaining thief was arrested and sent to court. KOH SANTEPHEAP

Domestic dispute ends by signing agreement
A serial wife batterer finally faced the cops after neighbours intervened on his wife’s behalf on Tuesday. Poipet town police came calling after the folks next door filed a complaint, saying the man regularly beat his spouse. The couple was brought in for questioning, and while no arrest was made, the man has signed a “contract” promising to refrain from any further violence. KOH SANTEPHEAP  

Translated by Sen David

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