Police Blotter: 4 Jul 2013

Police Blotter: 4 Jul 2013

Copycat cowboy gets Old West style justice
Much as in the Old West, cattle rustlin’ led to vigilante justice in Kampong Chhnang this week. Police said a 21-year-old’s cow-swiping ways came to an abrupt end on Monday in Rolea Ba’ier district when he attempted to sell his ill-gotten booty only to have a villager recognise the heifer as someone else’s. A quick shout for reinforcements and a freshly assembled mob delivered its verdict with its fists. Police managed to intervene, but only after he’d been beaten into a hospital bed. After recovery, court awaits. Kampuchea Thmey

Military police stabbed in attempted robbery
A patrolling military police officer sustained serious injuries after a knife attack in the jungle around Stung Treng on Monday. Police said the officer was riding his moto in an out of the way spot when a would-be thief pounced, stabbing him three times before realising he had just stabbed a cop. A villager who came upon the scene quickly called police, but the suspect escaped before they arrived. The officer is now recovering in hospital. Deum Ampil

Hit with rocks, robbery victim refuses to roll
A tenacious 28-year-old motodop is recovering in hospital after refusing to give up his bike despite being first attacked with rocks, then stabbed. Police said the man was the victim of a robbery in the capital’s Daun Penh district on Monday. Unfortunately for the attacker, he was well-known to the victim, who has passed the info on to police who are now searching for the suspect. Kampuchea Thmey

Tax avoider ‘donates’ fleet of motos to cops
The police station in Ratanakkiri’s Banlung town currently resembles a motorbike showroom thanks to a Tuesday raid over unpaid taxes. Police said that after a records check showed a local moto shop had never paid the state its due, they made their move, managing to collect 15 shiny new motorbikes – but not the owner, who escaped, leaving only a clueless employee behind. Police are now searching for the proprietor. Deum Ampil

Dance class might have meant missed beating
A fight provoked by a dance misstep this week for once didn’t involve a machete, but unfortunately, it did involve a pistol-whipping. Police said the fight erupted at a Chamkarmon district bar on Monday when an impromptu dance session was ended by a man stepping on another man’s foot and refusing to apologise. Headed home after the outing, the foot-stepper was followed by the aggrieved party and his friends, who left him in hospital after a vicious beatdown with the sidearm. Police are now searching for the suspects. Koh Santepheap

Translated by Sen David

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