Police Blotter: 31 Jan 2013

Police Blotter: 31 Jan 2013

Party’s over for pair of arrested stick-swingers
A group of rabble-rousers known for disrupting ceremonies took things too far on Sunday when they crashed a wedding in Kampong Speu’s Borseth district armed with wooden sticks. The five men interrupted partiers on the dance floor and beat some of them unconscious. Police intervened and caught two of the violent party-poopers, while the remaining three made an escape. The motive for the attack was not clear. Nokorwat

'Stick 'em up' strategy ultimately unsuccessful
Woe to all motorbike thieves in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district. Your days are numbered. Look at the latest case on Monday, when two men tried to block a motorbike by obstructing its path, then pulled out a wooden stick to threaten the driver and passenger, who fled the scene after abandoning the bike. The scheme briefly appeared to work until police arrived and arrested one, while another vanished into the cloak of a dark Dangkor night. Nokorwat

Two thieves celebrate too soon in Phnom Penh
Two young men robbed the wrong woman in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district on Sunday night. The suspects, aged 18 and 20, broke into the woman’s home and stole some items. Thrilled with their bounty, the two repaired to a guesthouse to toast a future of prosperity. But the woman apparently knew the suspects, and had an inkling of where they would hole up. The premonition proved accurate when the police raided the guest house and the two confessed. Nokorwat

Suspected drug dealer gets on his high horse
Police officers arrested a 37-year-old man on Monday whom they claim was delivering illegal drugs in Banteay Mancheay province’s Poipet town. According to police, the suspect bought 19 tablets of yama, a pill form of methamphetamine, and attempted to profit by selling them in a local village. But the man denied any connection with dealing, and said he just stumbled on the pills inside a package of cigarettes near a bar where he was getting hammered with friends. Deum Ampil

iPhone thieves in need of app to prevent arrest
Broke and without an awesome phone with which to surf Facebook, two high school students, aged 18 and 19, allegedly attempted to purloin an iPhone from a woman in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district on Monday. Police said the woman was taking a cyclo and talking on her phone when the two snatched it and attempted to escape on a motorbike. They must have been texting while driving, because moments later the bike collided with another and went down. The woman shouted for help and police arrested the suspects. The phone was returned, and the suspects confessed. Kampuchea Thmey

Translated by Phak Seangly

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