Police Blotter: 31 Dec 2012

Police Blotter: 31 Dec 2012

Mechanic in a fix after his motorbike is stolen
A young mechanic in Phnom Penh may have known how to fix motorbikes, but he couldn’t prevent being tricked out of his own. Police arrested a 25-year-old man on Thursday for “borrowing” the mechanic’s bike, supposedly to buy medicine for his sick daughter, and never returning it. Two weeks after last seeing his bike, the mechanic filed a complaint with police, who soon spotted the borrower. The suspect said he sold the bike and spent all the money. He was sent to court. Nokorwat

Mob goes after robber caught amid thievery
A burglar in a house in Kampong Chhnang town on Thursday had not turned up anything exciting when the house’s owners themselves turned up and set a mob on him. The family of farmers had been out at work and returned to see the thief poking around. A host of villagers heeded the family’s shouts, rushed into the house and injured the suspect before handing him over to police. Koh Santepheap

Man spots motorbike in the hands of new owner
The problem with buying stolen property is that you never know when you’ll run into its original owner. That’s what a 26-year-old man in Bavet town learned on Friday when police arrested him for buying a stolen motorbike. The bike’s former owner noticed the purchaser with the bike that had recently been his and told the police, who arrested the buyer. After saying he bought the bike from a teenager, he was sent to court. Police are searching for the teen. Nokorwat

Man’s anger rises when he can’t buy bread loaf
A 23-year-old farmer in Phnom Penh’s Por Sen Chey district on Thursday apparently thought he had worked hard enough to win his daily bread without also waiting in line. Police said the farmer had asked a bread vendor for a loaf but was told to wait while the vendor attended to other customers. After waiting several minutes, the suspect flew into a rage, grabbed one of the vendor’s cleavers and destroyed the vendor’s motorbike before turning on the vendor himself. The vendor was hospitalised and police arrested the farmer. Nokorwat

Gun used to threaten woman in phone theft
A 38-year-old man was arrested on Friday night after he and another man allegedly stole a mobile phone from a woman in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district. Police said the woman was walking with two other men when the suspects approached her, pointed a gun at her and escaped with her phone. The police caught one suspect with the phone and gun and sent him to court. They’re looking for the other. Kampuchea Thmey

Translated by Phak Seangly

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