Police Blotter: 16 May 2013

Police Blotter: 16 May 2013

Owner of guesthouse duped by employees
One would think that the staff of a small guesthouse would be like family, but a Sihanoukville owner found out another adage stands on shaky ground on Tuesday when a security guard and employee stole his smart phone and money. The owner filed a complaint to police, who managed to catch the duo as they tried to escape on a bus. In a denouement worthy of a Scooby Doo episode, the owner realised that what he thought were outsiders were actually his trusted staffers. “Ruh roh.” Rasmey Kampuchea

Mom’s lecture drives son to wound himself
A 31-year-old with mommy issues was sent to hospital in Kandal province on Tuesday after throwing a tantrum that culminated in a self-stabbing incident. Police said the man was always angry with his mother for telling him off. On this day, he was told to cut out his drinking and get his act together. In the rage that followed, the man grabbed a knife and turned it upon himself. Luckily, the man’s mother and police managed to get him to hospital, where he remains in a serious condition. Rasmey Kampuchea

Officers too quick on their feet for suspect
A 20-year-old from Sihanoukville was arrested on Tuesday after police spied him holding some suspicious packages in a park. The keen-eyed officer ran towards him to take a closer look before the university student bolted. Not a track star, police caught him and found the drugs. He admitted that he was in possession of some yama and was sent to court. Koh Santepheap

He could have been the fastest draw in the land
A phnom penh youngster may have been trying to emulate spaghetti westerns on Tuesday when he unloaded his firearm in a city street in an effort to intimidate locals. Police said the action began when the 20-year-old got loaded before riding through the streets with his firearm. He stopped in front of a Daun Penh house and began shooting into the air. After residents complained, police came and arrested the young outlaw. Koh Santepheap

Man goes swimming, valuables go missing
Leaving your valuables unattended at the beach is never a good idea. A tourist forgot that when he left his bag in the sand while taking a dip off the Sihanoukville shore on Tuesday. Two men sitting nearby swiped his cash, phone and a passport. Luckily police officers on beach patrol ran like David Hasselfhoff in early Baywatch episodes to catch the thieving pair and return the items. Koh Santepheap

Translated by Sen David

MOST VIEWED

  • US think tank warns of China's 'ulterior motives'

    A US think tank on Tuesday warned that spreading Chinese investment in the Indo-Pacific follows a pattern of leveraging geopolitical influence at the expense of the nations receiving investment, including Cambodia. The report looks at a sample of 15 Chinese port development projects, noting that the

  • Defence Ministry denies weapons in smuggling case came from Cambodia

    After a Thai national was arrested last week for allegedly smuggling guns from Cambodia to Thailand, Cambodia's Defence Ministry has claimed the weapons seized during the arrest are not used in Cambodia, despite the fact that both types of rifle seized are commonly found in

  • More than three tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia seized in Mozambique

    A total of 3.5 tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia was seized by authorities in Mozambique late last week, according to the NGO Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES' information was based on a report from the

  • Shipwreck found off coast of Koh Kong

    Royal Cambodian Navy researchers are working to identify a decades-old shipwreck found earlier this month off the coast of Koh Kong province. Divers found the 70-metre-long wreck on April 4 about a mile from Koh Chhlam island, according to Navy officials. Deputy Navy Commander Tea Sokha,