Police Blotter: 22 June 2012

Police Blotter: 22 June 2012

Rival lovers race motorbikes, injure man
Two men vying for the affections of the same woman decided to settle it the old-fashioned Phnom Penh way: a race! But rather than claiming the heart of a charming maiden via their high-speed road duel through Sen Sok district, the rivals crashed into a man who was simply walking down the street. He was sent to hospital with serious injuries. There’s a thin line between love and getting sent to court, which is what happened to the racers when the cops arrived. Rasmey Kampuchea

Grand Theft Bovine: Kampot province
Some thieves steal cars. Others snatch bags. But they couldn’t hold a candle to the crime spree of a man in Kampot town who police say absconded with at least five cows. The acts of cow larceny went unpunished for two years after the man fled his village, police said. Officers found him on Wednesday, made the arrest, sent him to court and brought the saga of the stolen bovine to a close. Koh Santepheap

Moto thieves fail after crashing into tuk-tuk
A couple stole a motorbike on Monday in Prey Veng province by pretending to ask for a ride on the back of it. Part of the duo then stabbed the driver and forced him off. They might have gotten away with it had they not crashed the motorbike into a tuk-tuk, an act of karma only possible in Cambodia. The police arrested the two after discovering that the motorbike didn’t belong to the couple.
Kampuchea Thmey

Home break-in stymied when owner returns
A couple broke into a house in Phnom Penh’s Por Sen Chey district on Wednesday, but were surprised when the owner returned in the middle of the robbery. The owner shouted for help, and the police arrested the duo. Police said a considerable number of burglaries were reported in the area, so they sent extra forces to patrol the neighbourhood. But the two said this was their first time they had committed a burglary. Kampuchea Thmey

Stolen motorcycle retrieved in one day
A motocycle owner found his bike stolen and then retrieved in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork district on Tuesday. The owner said he parked his bike in front of his house while having lunch at home, and when he went out, the bike disappeared. The dismayed owner thought he might not see his moto ever again. However, his neighbours saw two strangers taking the bike away and called the police, who arrested the suspects. Deum Apil

Translated by Sen David


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