Police Blotter: 29 June 2012

Police Blotter: 29 June 2012

Passengers in tuk-tuk punch driver over fare
Three Chinese nationals didn’t get the proper amount of change back from a tuk-tuk driver in Phnom Penh’s Chamkarmon district on Wednesday. Angered, they took matters further than most ticked-off tourists are willing to and began beating the driver up. Bystanders said the four were in full brawl mode when the police showed up and put a stop to the three on one donnybrook. The tuk-tuk driver told the police that he didn’t deny them the proper change, and when they started to get upset, he hadn’t the faintest idea of what they were saying, because everyone was speaking in Chinese. Police then made a sensible suggestion to the visitors. Next time, try and find an interpreter to mediate, rather than attacking the driver. Kampuchea Thmey

Drop the birds! Police break up rooster ring
Four men were arrested Monday for gambling on cockfighting in Kampong Thom’s Baray district. Police raided the bird battle arena, or whatever the kids are calling it these days, and seized four roosters. Police said they had received complaints from neighbours that many people were wagering on bouts in the area. Koh Santepheap

Early morning booze fest leads to stabbing
A 38-year-old man stabbed his friend to near death during an early morning drinking session in Battambang’s Thma Koul district on Wednesday. The three pals greeted the morning sun by getting drunk and ditching work on the farm. After a lengthy drinking session, two of them started arguing, then one friend pulled out a knife and started stabbing his erstwhile chum repeatedly. The third partner in this whole mess wanted nothing to do with it and ran away before the police arrived to arrest the suspect. Koh Santepheap

Police pursue moto thieves and make arrest
Two men attempted to steal a motorcycle in Phnom Penh’s Prampi Makara district on Wednesday, but police caught and arrested them soon after the theft.Police spotted them riding off in the purloined two-wheeler and followed in pursuit. The duo confessed to the crime after being caught, and admitted this was not the first time they had stolen motorcycles. Koh Santepheap

Hit-and-run injures three on motorcycle
Three men were seriously injured in a hit-and-run in Stung Treng town on Monday. A car crashed into three men who were riding on one motorcycle together, and the driver escaped after the crash. Police sent the victims to hospital. Rasmy Kampuchea

Translated by Sen David

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