Police Blotter: 7 Jan 2013

Police Blotter: 7 Jan 2013

Cleaver-wielding hacks make off with $9,000
Police suspect revenge rather than greed motivated the brutal attack and robbery of an older couple in Kampot’s Kampong Trach district on Thursday. They said the husband and wife, both 60, were headed home on a moto when two men with cleavers chased them and hacked at their heads, limbs and bodies. The men snatched their bag, which contained some $9,000, and escaped, leaving the victims unconscious. The couple was sent to hospital in Vietnam, and police are searching for the suspects. Rasmey Kampuchea

Man sticks to his guns, gets stick to the head
A 43-year-old father in Kandal province’s Takhmao district found on Saturday that standing up to a family member could be quite a headache. Police said the father intervened when he saw his brother-in-law, 46, attempting to injure the younger man’s teenage son. In return for his attempt to stick it to the man, the father got a wooden stick to the head from the belligerent bully. The father was hospitalised and police arrested the suspect. Kampuchea Thmey

Broke B’bang boyfriend busted for stealing moto  
A woman in Battambang’s Phnom Proek district probably wasn’t too pleased when police came to her house on Saturday, close on the heels of her boyfriend and his new moto. Police said the boyfriend had stolen the moto from a farmer who’d forgotten to lock it up. A neighbour tipped off cops that the thief had fled to his lover’s house, and they arrested him there. The suspect confessed, saying he was jobless and penniless. Nokorwat

Abusive karaoke beau sings jailhouse blues
A 23-year-old karaoke girl in Phnom Penh’s Por Sen Chey district wound up with a wounded heart and face after her boyfriend lashed out at her on Friday. Police said the 33-year-old boyfriend, who also worked in the karaoke parlour, flew into a rage when his lady accused him of crooning in another girl’s direction, and punched her in the face several times. The woman filed a complaint to police, who arrested the man. Nokorwat

Washed-up thief regales cops with heroic heists
Apparently eager to impress police, a 23-year-old resident of Pursat town arrested for burglary on Friday maintained he’d made more impressive thefts back in his Phnom Penh days. The self-identified ex-moto thief said he’d hightailed it to Pursat after police got a whiff of his numerous crimes. But it was stealing about $30 and some mobile phones from a Pursat barbershop that did him in. The shop’s owner complained to police, who arrested him and listened patiently to his tales of past glory. Nokorwat

Translated by Phak Seangly


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