The following listing of recent crimes committed in Phnom Penh is excerpted
from the Sept. 11 edition of the People's Police newspaper.
Aug. 26: A group of six people, three of whom were dressed in military uniforms,
robbed construction contractor Ri Phon, 45, while he was asleep of a gold ring, a
cassette player, and a watch.
Aug. 26: Som Borin, 22, a soldier in the 7th Division, gave a man a lift on
his motorcycle from the Ambassador Hotel to the Monk Hospital at 10:50 p.m. On the
way a group of five people on motorbikes in civilian clothes-cohorts of the man being
given a lift-followed Som's motorbike, riding closely and pointing a K59 pistol at
him, forcing him to stop.
The men shot at Som twice but missed both times. The men then hit him with the gun
before making off with his motorcycle.
Aug. 26: The Australian UNTAC base at the naval soldier school was broken
into at 4 a.m. and robbed of 80 cases of canned food, a 200 amp battery, and petrol.
Aug. 28: The younger brother of a city policeman living on Street 169 left
his house at 2 a.m. to urinate. Six men dressed in military uniforms tried to rob
him, threatening him with four guns and four hand grenades. Hearing his brother yell
for help, the policeman, Touch Sophal, 34, picked up a K54 pistol and came out. The
offenders robbed him and took his gun before fleeing.
Aug. 28: Five people dressed in military uniforms with AK-47 machine guns
entered farmer Mann Vanny's house in Russey Keo district. They robbed him of 20 grams
of gold, a watch, 180,000 riel, a family card, and seven land ownership certificates.
Aug. 28: Ly Sopheap, 20 was robbed of his C70 motorbike at 11 p.m. while driving
along Cambodia-Soviet Union Street. Five men on motorbikes-three of whom were dressed
in military uniforms and carried handguns-pushed Ly to the pavement and hit him on
the head with a gun before escaping with Ly's motorbike.
Aug. 30: Customs Official Nhem Kem, 27, was robbed of his Honda Dream 100
motorcycle at 7:30 p.m. across the street from the Royal Hotel by three men, one
dressed in a military uniform armed with a K59 pistol. After taking Nhem's motorcycle
the men fired two shots and fled. Nhem Kem fired four shots back.
Sept. 2: Bread seller Kim Sovan-nara, 28 was robbed of a motorbike at 4 a.m.
at the corner of streets 144 and 198, Beng Pralit quarter, by three men, some of
them dressed in military uniform, brandishing an AK-47 rifle and two handguns.
Sept. 2: While Cheng Hout, 42, was chatting at 8:45 p.m. in front of his house
on Street 106, Monorum quarter, three men in civilian dress with three guns driving
a Honda Dream 100 motorbike stopped at his house and took his C90 motorbike.
Sept. 1: Prom Rom, 36, a farmer in Trapoeng Sela village, Dong Ko district,
gave a lift to three people on his motorbike at 7 p.m. They pulled a gun on him and
took his motorcycle.
Sept. 7: Poeng Vanna Loeun, 16, was robbed of her motorbike by two men with
a handgun at 10:10 p.m. while coming out of a video rental shop in Toul Kork district.
Sept. 7: Three men fired a shot at the ground while robbing Sok Chay, 28,
of his motorbike at 8:20 p.m. in front of a video rental store on Street 128, Monorum
Sept. 8: Seven offenders with three guns entered a newly-built house in Boeung
Keng Kang I quarter at 2:30 p.m. and robbed construction workers of 8 grams of gold,
300,000 riel, three wrist watches and a cassette player.
- Translated by Moeun Chhean Nariddh