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Police Blotter: 25 May 2010

Police Blotter: 25 May 2010


Police in Battambang province have arrested a 42-year-old they have deemed a “crazy man” after he allegedly set fire to his own house after his wife threatened to divorce him. The wife reported that her husband seemed to be perpetually drunk. He constantly started fights with her and her children, she said. When the woman told the man she wanted to divorce him, he set fire to the house, she said. Neighbours said that the entire tale was “a crazy story”. The husband should not have destroyed his own house, they said, because now his two children have nowhere to live.

Police in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork district have arrested two youths after they were allegedly caught stealing from a vendor at a local market. The vendor said the robbery happened while she was sleeping in front of her store. Neighbouring vendors witnessed the crime and took it upon themselves to apprehend the two young suspects. Vendors in the market have constantly complained about losing their goods to petty thieves. The two suspects allegedly confessed to the theft and helpfully informed police that this was not the first time they had stolen goods from the market.

Police are looking for clues after a man’s body was found in a grass field in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district. Police said the body is currently being kept at a local pagoda because the man’s family has not yet been alerted. They said they believe the man must have come from the countryside. A witness said he saw the man going out to the field to cut grass Sunday. After five hours, the witness went into the field himself and found the man’s body. Police say they do not suspect foul play because the man’s motorbike was found nearby. They speculated that the man died from a heart attack.

Three women riding on a motorbike were arrested by police after they allegedly crashed the vehicle while evading a traffic ticket. The incident happened Sunday in the capital’s Chamkarmon district, police said. Police tried to stop the motorbike because its driver was not wearing a helmet. But the women ignored the officers and drove on, later crashing into another motorist. There were no serious injuries, though one man was sent to hospital. The three women were promptly arrested.


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