Police Blotter: 21 Jan 2013

Police Blotter: 21 Jan 2013

Cowardly bovine thief milks it for all he can

Police arrested a man in Kampong Thom province’s Baray district on Friday after he allegedly burgled two bovines from a rice field. The beasts’ owner soon noticed his quadrupeds were awfully quiet, realised they’d gone missing and told local police he had a beef with the suspect. After cops came to arrest him, the cowed thief confessed he’d stolen the animals, milked a decent profit from their sale and then spent all the money. This wasn’t his first misdeed, police said. Nokorwat

Friends for ever – or till I sell your moto for cash
A 29-year-old apparently put the price of a friendship lower than the $1,200 he got from selling his buddy’s motorbike in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork district on Friday. Police said that after indefinitely borrowing the bike, the suspect used the money from its sale to repay his debts – and to purchase a bunch of booze and other entertainments. By the time the former friend spotted the spendthrift thief and turned him over to police, all the money was gone. The chastened carouser confessed, and police sent him to court. Kampuchea Thmey

Undercover cop on a high after busting drug dealer
A bit of undercover police work was all it took to uncover a drug distributor in Kampong Cham province’s Kampong Siem district on Friday. The 22-year-old dealer didn’t realise until it was too late that the seemingly drug-hungry villager was actually a plainclothes policeman interested not in getting high but in catching the dealer. As soon as the package changed hands, police arrested the credulous crook and sent him to court. Nokorwat  

Foiled moto thief stabs owner, flees for forest
A 20-year-old moto driver in Banteay Meanchey province’s Poipet town was seriously injured while foiling an ungrateful passenger’s attempt to steal his bike on Saturday. Police said the motodop was taking the passenger from a guesthouse to a village when the passenger pulled out a knife and demanded the driver hand over his bike. The driver rejected the suggestion and scuffled with the schemer, who stabbed him in the arm. Villagers heard the driver’s cries for help and chased the suspect into a nearby forest, where police arrested him. Deum Ampil

Man breaks arm in head-on hit-and-run
A traffic accident in Kandal province’s Kandal Stung district left a 23-year-old man with a broken arm on Saturday. Police said the victim was riding his motorbike when another moto crashed head-on into him before speeding away. The victim was taken to hospital, and police are search­ing for the culprit. Nokorwat

Translated by Phak Seangly

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