Police Blotter: 27 Aug 2012

Police Blotter: 27 Aug 2012

Mob attacks innocent man in broad daylight
A gang of misinformed vigilantes set upon an innocent 30-year-old man on Saturday while he was being held at gunpoint by police who suspected him of stealing a motorbike in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district. An eyewitness said that a police officer was pursuing the man when he drew his gun and pointed it at him, prompting an unruly mob to punch and kick the suspected thief. After a short time, however, police announced that the man was not involved in any crime. Kampuchea Thmey

Police find machetes in car of local joy-riders
Military police in Poipet town in Banteay Meanchey province arrested two men, both 24, on Friday for disturbing the peace. Police said the two were habitual troublemakers, and locals feared them. One resident, however, got up the nerve to report the two for blasting loud music from their car. Police stopped the joy-riding pair, and when officers did a search, they found a stash of machetes. Kampuchea Thmey

Gang of six snatch cell phone in Phnom Penh
Three men, aged 18 to 24, were apprehended on Thursday after allegedly snatching a cell phone in the capital’s Chamkarmon district. Military police said that three suspects, along with three others, colluded to grab the phone from the 26-year-old victim at about 11pm, before fleeing on motorbikes. The arrested men confessed to the crime, and were sent to court, but police are on the lookout for other suspects. Nokorwat

Police: stolen motorbike used to steal necklace
A 26-year-old man was arrested on Saturday for allegedly snatching a necklace from a woman in Kampong Chhnang’s Kampong Chhnang town, police said. After purloining the pendant, the thief escaped on a motorbike, and the victim filed a complaint with police who located and arrested the suspect. The suspect confessed not only to stealing the necklace, but to stealing his getaway motorbike. Police said the suspect had already sold the goods. Nokorwat

Security guard killed in motorbike accident
One security guard was killed and another seriously injured in a traffic accident on Friday in Kampong Chhnang’s Samaki Meanchey district. Police said the victims, both 22, worked at a garment factory, and were taking a motorbike home at around 6:30pm when a speeding truck tried to pass a car and collided with their motorbike head-on. The driver escaped on foot, and the truck was taken into police custody. Koh Santepheap

Translated by Phak Seangly

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