Police Blotter: 28 May 2013

Police Blotter: 28 May 2013

Company car proves to be an unlucky privilege
An allegedly drunk hit-and-run driver will have a hard time evading justice thanks to his choice of vehicle. Police said the suspect in question seriously injured two men in the capital’s Dangkor district when he struck them with his car, which he then left behind as he fled in a panic. Tracking him down likely won’t be that hard as he was using a company vehicle that had his firm’s name plastered on the side. The two victims are now in hospital.  Deum ampil

Gun-toting bargoer fires blanks with waitress
Sometimes, you just have to sit with the creepy guy at the bar. Or so a man in Takeo town attempted to impress on the wait staff at a local beer garden on Sunday. Police said that a man drinking with a group of mates became enraged when a new woman working at the bar refused to sit with him. Deciding to teach her, and the establishment’s owner, a lesson, he drew a gun and fired wildly into the air. Police arrived eventually but – who’d have guessed it – they had all escaped. Rasmey Kampuchea

Girl learns tough rules of demand and supply
A 19-year-old university student had a harsh lesson in economics this week from a pair of brigands. Police said the teen was traveling from her home province of Kandal to Phnom Penh when she was accosted by the two suspects and robbed of not only her phone, but the entirety of her nearly $1,000 tuition. Authorities arrived on the scene to find the youngster in tears, the thieves long gone and clues in short supply as their helmets prevented the victim from identifying her assailants’ faces. Rasmey Kampuchea

Couple shot in street by violent moto thieves
A moto theft took a violent and nearly deadly turn on Monday in the capital’s Por Sen Chey district. Police say a married couple was riding home on a quiet street when accosted by two suspects who produced a pistol and demanded their vehicle. The couple refused, prompting the gunman to open fire. Police are now on the hunt for the assailants, while the husband, shot in the stomach, and the wife, who suffered a minor arm wound, are recovering in hospital. Koh Santepheap

Guard puts body on the line to protect house
A security guard is recovering from a gunshot wound after foiling a burglary on Saturday in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district. Police said the valiant rent-a-cop was on the spot when a thief attempted to break into a house he was charged with protecting. The sound of the fired shot quickly brought police to the scene, where they were able to attend to the injured man, but the burglar had already fled. Koh Santepheap

Translated by Sen David

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