Police Blotter: 17 Jul 2012

Police Blotter: 17 Jul 2012

Barflies ram man on moto, flee the scene
A 20-year-old motorbike driver was killed instantly after he was hit by a drunk driver in Kandal’s Kien Svay district on Sunday, police say. After being struck, the man’s motorbike careened across the road and tumbled into a rice paddy. According to a witness, the male driver and three other passengers had stumbled out of a nearby bar before driving off. Another witness at the crash scene said the car had been speeding. The driver and passengers fled the scene and are still at large. Police are continuing with investigations. Kampuchea Thmey

Man pawns drinking buddy’s moto for $300
Two friends in Kandal’s Takmao district are embroiled in a bitter feud after one pilfered the other’s motorbike, later selling it for $300. The victim told police he and his friend had been indulging in rice wine when the friend asked to borrow his motorbike. Nearly a week later, the friend and bike were nowhere to be seen. The victim reported the theft to police, who arrested the suspect after already pawning the bike. The victim remained incredulous that his supposed friend sold his motorbike. The suspect will appear in court. Koh Santepheap

Handbag thief caught, struggles all the way
Police finally arrested a habitual handbag thief after he attempted to steal a market vendor’s purse in Phnom Penh’s Russey Keo district on Sunday. The 22-year-old man tried to escape but was dragged to the floor by market security guards and handed over, arms flailing about wildly, to police. He has now been sent to court. Rasmey Kampuchea

Pair of crooks holds up tuk-tuk driver with knife
A thieving duo held up a tuk-tuk driver at knifepoint in Phnom Penh’s Takeo district on Saturday after masquerading as passengers and directing him to an isolated spot. Fearing for his life, the driver handed over $300. He immediately notified police of the crime, but police could only locate one of the thieves, a 33-year-old man, who was arrested and has been sent to court. Police are still searching for the other suspect. Deum Ampil

Drunk son stabs dad when told to find job
A 48-year-old father was almost killed after being stabbed by his intoxicated son in Kampong Cham’s Memot district on Saturday. Police said a witness saw the son stab the father violently in the back three times after the father tried to persuade him to give up his drinking habits and find a job. The wayward son refused and became aggressive. After the attack he fled the scene and is still at large, while the father remains in a critical condition in the provincial hospital. Kampuchea Thmey

Translated by Sen David

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